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The following will not appeal to many here because it's not either black or white but here it is nevertheless:
Seeing how competitive the Ducatis become when the track is wet (it's been happening all year long) and knowing about the extreme character of the Bridgestone slicks, my guess is that what Ducati have failed to do is build the bike specifically for the tyres at hand. It took Yamaha and Rossi half a season to adapt themselves to those tyres (2008) while we could see how Ducati struggled with that all those years and only winning races because of Stoners (commendable of course) podium-or-crash approach to his racing.
Obviously the situation hasn't got any better and the guys at Ducati plainly fail to find out what it needs to be done to extract some feel out of those extreme-performance slick Bridgestones.
I strongly believe that if the grid was using an old-style tyre -like the 2007 Michelins- the Ducatis wouldn't be so far off the top.