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Ducati is finally going to be on a normal development path, thanks to Audi.
Instead of running around trying to throw new parts on thee bike to please one rider. (JB said he lost count of all the chassis variations they tried)they will have 4 identical platforms collecting data for the engineers to use. This will lead to refinement and steady improvement (still not enough to beat Jorge or Dani most likely).
They also have a good mix of riders with different strengths that will push the bike hard in their own ways, also helpful. They were too quick to toss aside parts beacuse Rossi didn't like them. There was a hint of that when Rossi used Haydens settings after being lost and went immediately faster. You have to push a bike to the limit to get a good setup and Rossi wouldn't do that, even in QP. As a better rider he could beat hayden when he had the benefit of Nicky's hard work. I guess that could be another reason why he alowyas needed his teammates data but wouldn't share hi