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Playing catch up in MGP is not the way to go. Unfortunately not only did Duc go aluminum chassis but now they had to sort it with 1000cc engine. Even Yam and Honda had issues with the switch but they had a more stable platform to work with while it was revamp at ducati. I will say that ducati caught every one with their pants down in 2007 (although we tend to give Casey all the credit) That 07 Duc was a beast. However the transition since has been troublesome with even a talent like Stoner declining in performance year on year (Yes I know, he still won on it but less and less). Most of us were just hoping for more from Ducati, Rossi and Nicky but what they really needed was unlimited testing as they used to do before to develop that machine. 8 times before a race is not testing although everyone is at the same disadvantage a redesign such as Ducati needs more track time with the racers, not a tester lapping 2-4 seconds slower.