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German MotoGP: Dovizioso asks Ducati fans to be patient

“To all the Ducati fans, I say be patient. We're working as hard as we can to improve our competitiveness” - Andrea Dovizioso.
Ducati's German MotoGP weekend began with Andrea Dovizioso launching the latest chassis (pictured) and finished with the Italian and team-mate Nicky Hayden 30 seconds from victory, in seventh and ninth.

Between them was the top privateer CRT bike of Aleix Espargaro, who Dovizioso held off by less than 0.3s at the line.

Dovizioso, who had to return to the standard version of the Desmosedici after damaging the only new frame on Friday morning, said that he was pleased to have run in the low 1m 23s, but admitted:

“Obviously, we can't be pleased with this result, as we were 30 seconds back, but it's just further confirmation of our current gap.

“We couldn't expect anything else today. We're working a lot, but again, the bike is similar to the one we started the year with, so it couldn't be otherwise. I'm not looking for excuses; it's just the reality at this moment.

“To all the Ducati fans, I say be patient. We're working as hard as we can to improve our competitiveness, but it's not a situation that you can solve race by race or with simple changes to setup.”

After falling in the morning warm-up, Hayden had to switch to his second bike, and never had the grip that he needed.

“I was having a good morning warm-up until I had a crash right at the end," said the American, yet to sign for 2014. “Even though it was a small one, it damaged the frame, so it was best to switch to the other GP13 for the race. I hadn't ridden that bike much, and I didn't have the same feeling as with the other one, especially in terms of grip.

“In the beginning, every time I pushed, the rear would come around on me. It was a long, lonely race. We need to understand what happened, because we had a much better pace than that all weekend, especially with old tyres. It's a shame because as usual, the guys really gave me their all, and they deserve better than that.”

Ducati Corse General Manager Bernhard Gobmeier added: “We have a big job in front of us, and we're working hard on new solutions, but they need time to be tested and produced before they're brought to the racetrack.”

The US MotoGP at Laguna Seca takes place this weekend.

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July 15, 2013 1:55 PM

Be patient?! The fans and owners, both of which I am not, deserve better. They continually support this brand, way of life to some, to the extent they thought Rossi was almost talentless and lying about the big red bike, he didn’t try hard enough, he couldn’t adapt, he was finished! Espagaro hassled a pure exotic Ducati prototype all the way to the line on a tricked up RSV4!!! This bike is a career wrecker, all apart from Stoner, and arguably Bayliss who showed it was at least rideable for him in one race. It shattered Rossi's confidence, thankfully there are signs of that returning, and left his team pulling their hair out. JB and his team have won countless championships, they know what they are doing. Surely all these top class riders cannot be wrong. The manager almost blamed Rossi at the beginning of the year for not trying more development parts and now listening to Dovi its the exact same thing. What’s gone wrong Ducati!! I think Rossi has been vindicated in his decisi

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