MotoGP » Rumour: Eugene Laverty to ride 'privateer' spec Ducati?

Eugene Laverty to ride 'privateer' spec Ducati for Pramac in MotoGP next year?

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October 20, 2013 4:39 AM

Please don't make it true I wouldn't wish that on any rider let alone someone with alot of potential another year in SBK or moto2 would be better than riding this years Ducati with Dorna electronics next year.

Unless Gigi has his back the following season???


October 20, 2013 4:55 AM
Last Edited 924 days ago

Bit of a waste of a ride for Eugene. Even Ducati have admitted that the GP13 is terrible.
We can just hope that Gigi has bigger plans for him in the future.


October 20, 2013 4:58 AM

Better move would be to the Panigale I would have thought, at least that shows hope and a new tire, extra fuel and different electronics are unlikely to make this years Desmo work


October 20, 2013 5:32 AM

There is an engine development freeze for factory bikes after the first race, not so for open class bikes.
The reason that factories are supporting this class, the supported 'OPEN' class bikes will be free to get upgraded engines every time they get a new one so therefore become the development rider for engines, good news for others however its the chassis thats the problem with the Duc.
However there is nothing to stop Eugene (if its true) getting new everything if the engine changes.


October 20, 2013 5:49 AM

Based on what you are saying, I would think an 'open' class bike ( maybe not the DUC) would be a good option for riders who don't have the experience or sponsor pull like the front runners. I mean 12 engines per year and more fuel- means you can ring its' neck basically every race ! And if there are upgrades available and a team can afford them , the bike may be near 'factory' spec by the end of the season while still having extra fuel and a lot more motors to blow up, if need be. Hmmmmm


October 20, 2013 7:11 AM
Last Edited 924 days ago

@ teacherDave

It could be interesting.
Also, the factory teams electing to go with their own electronics are all assuming their digital kit will be THAT much better than those Magnetti Marelli will provide.
If they are wrong & the control ECU turns out to be similar to their ECU performance, we could theoretically be seeing Lorenzo, Rossi, Pedrosa & Marquez on the 2nd tier bikes fighting for minor placings.

Whether Dorna will allow that though is another story. Most likely they'll put artificial restrictions on the control ECU should that scenario unfold.


October 20, 2013 7:45 AM

Fullofit, I don't know if you ha noticed but Dorna have een in a bit of a war wih the factories for the last couple mof years, particularly Honda, thats why CRT was born.
Around 14 months ago Nakamoto said there is no way Honda will race with a standard ECU and we will go to WSB.
That worked well. No factory bike whether factory or satellite gets subsidence, just the standard share of the pot.
So if anyone will suffer it won't be the OPEN bikes.

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