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It is true that Ducati did have a very expensive development program BUT the engine stayed in the same 90 degree configuration. Engine development work did happen but it was based more around power delivery & torque curve than anything else. All the other work revolved around building different frame configurations to try and move weight around. In short the engine made for a long front end and less than ideal weight distribution. Every rider that Ducati had in MGP, Even Stoner in the year he won complained of the same problems that surrounded this issue.
The WSB etc victories you list is true but that is EXACTLY what I meant when I said Ducati stayed true to their past. Attitude at Ducati that if that engine configuration worked it would in MGP.