MotoGP » Ducati Open or Factory? The wait continues…


Less than one week to go until the start of the new MotoGP season and it's still not clear which rules Ducati will be racing under.

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bikenutter

March 14, 2014 10:26 AM

What a mess! Hopefully they get rid of the Factory 2 idea. Open teams will benefit from Ducati sharing ECU techniques. The costs of software engineers may be high but at least it opens a door that was previously closed.

Tetley

March 14, 2014 11:29 AM

Carmello's job does not look very safe, as the controlling interests who pay his wages can not be favourably impressed by his constant dithering and ineptitude.
Dorna stated a firm date for teams to notify them which class they would be contesting. Ducati complied within the time allowed and announced they would enter Open Class.
Now Dorna are breaking their own Rules by contemplating a different class than those originally specified.
By definition, any Factory 2 team has therefore already missed the application cut-off date and are therefore NOT eligible to compete in any class.
Call this "Management" ?
I call it "Stupidity".

Vilas46

March 14, 2014 11:46 AM

What i call stupidity, is when one Factory manufacters try to find rules to have advantages and who knows a better grid position, Thinking that for them will be all perfect nobody will complain..lol Maybe 200cc Extra would be Nice for the V4 to be a little more Fat=)..lol

I whant to wach them on Factory Rules fightingh with the others Factory manufacters, Leave the Open Rules for who dont have money.. I mean Ducati is full of Power, has Audi putting money there, Audi that is part of the Group Volkswagen that 4sure is the Group with most Power in Europe Car business... They have other great sponsers and they contract Gigi for What??

Worck harder or go to Wsbk, its enught of this bullsht.. Dont remember to wach Ferrari doing this, you guys are humiliating the Color..ehehe I will laught when i wach Red again..ahah

SkyWilk

March 14, 2014 12:06 PM

Vilas46: What i call stupidity...


Really Vilas? What about the "unfair advantage" the standard tires give to some and not to others, AFTER the winter tests? What about your beloved Rossi sunday specials? What about Honda seamless gearbox, that doesn't comply with any spirit of the rules, and is allowed? What about the rookie rule being dropped for the new DORNA approved hero of motogp? What about Yamaha being able to basically run a satellite bike in Open? What about engine limits including the mounting points, basically screwing Ducati more, because of their unique bike construction? What about all the lease bikes bull**** that creates a rigid status quo? You want to talk about Ducati bending the rules? I hardly ever saw anything in Ducati's favor in motoGP regulations, ever.

RossL

March 14, 2014 12:21 PM

The solution to this is simple - scrap the software upgrade, and let Ducati run in the open class with the same software as all the other Open bikes and forget all this factory 2 nonsense.

jambop

March 14, 2014 12:22 PM

People come on "open class" racing was designed to try to level the field a bit to give non factory teams a chance with a few concessions on fuel , rubber an engine whilst imposing a standard CU to assure equality of electronics. What it was not about was a Factory team moving over lock stock and barrel donating their own latest ECU as the standard, which no other team fully understands, and then claiming all the benefits. It is by any measure unfair on the non factory teams, I am not talking about Honda and Yamaha they can look after themselves but real not works teams are just going to get shafted by the playground bully in this case Ducati. Where is the sense in making a new category f racing to try to help non works entries by allowing a works team to enter and dominate the class... which if they, Ducati, are allowed to they will and the non works teams are right back where they started trying to compete with a team which by comparison has huge resources ... if you don't believe th

SkyWilk

March 14, 2014 12:31 PM

jambop: cont
they have greater resources they paid Rossi £16 million just to ride the bike!


Because the Open class is not suppose to help "privateers"? It's suppose to be the future motoGP class, by making the costs of fielding a bike with some chance of winning a lot smaller, 1 class for all entrants, as it should be.

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