MotoGP » Austin MotoGP: Ducati heads into the unknown

“The weekend is a bit of an unknown for us, but we're optimistic” - Vittoriano Guareschi, Ducati.

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April 16, 2013 4:39 PM

Seriously people. Don't slag them off. Wish them well and keep your fingers crossed for them.

It's not good to see a manufacturer struggling like this. The last thing in the world MotoGP need is another team to leave.

pepper - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:27 PM

"we're at a bit of a disadvantage to our competitors"
Biggest understament of the year...

Maybe Gobeier should have ponyed-up the bucks and flew his team over to Austin during the privet test....

coffee - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 5:59 PM

Well, he said it wasent a cost issue, but a schedulaing issue.

Who knows maybe it has to do with the ceo of Ducati Gabriele Del Torchio, leaving to go run some Airline...

Curretly Ducati is looking for an new boss, and in the running is the current the #2 guy at Audi, Wolfgang Durheimer, look him up, this man loves bikes, wanted to race bikes, and is a serious power house at Audi, but, word is he is being postioned to be the next ceo of Audi. goggle n read the forbes artical dated 12-10-12, this man would straighting out ducati in year, if not sooner.

But current General Manager of Ducati, Claudio Domenical is also being conciderd for the job, and if that happens then you can expect Ducati to stay right where they are for the next 5 or more years ie. last place lol...

Im sure crash will report on this at some point...

pepper - Unregistered

April 16, 2013 10:41 PM

read the Forbes artical (good read) but no way Wolfgang is gona take over, he is way to big, has way to much going on... tho there is lots of press linking him to the job... wishfull thinking I say... typical Ducati fashion, promot from within, don't change anything and stay right where they are at lol... but I agree, he would shake it up and shiet would happan fast, just what they need.

some1 - Unregistered

April 17, 2013 8:28 AM

It's the time to expose Stoner's secret on Ducati. GP07 is the perfect GP bike and Stoner just used less than 80% of it's potential. Since then, Ducati engine has been tuned down and cause the traction going extreme and eat up more rubber and reduce the number of Stoner's winning chances as he has to adjust the new limit of his "less-is-more" riding technique and losing the advantages from less aggressive motor on the following seasons.

Dovi is matching Stoner in riding the worn tyre. But Stoner didn't sit still will doing it. He made the bike do what it not suppose to do while at low output such as swung around the hair pin like nobody else business without losing extra rubber.

Stoner just let a bit of the engine aggressiveness take care the pace without over use it to the max. How he fooled the TC say it all.


April 17, 2013 9:18 AM

@some1 The GP07 Ducati had the same understeer problem that has plagued Ducati for a long time. Look at the relative performance of Capirossi on it. It had a power advantage, because at the revs they pulled, the Desmo heads worked better than valve springs. Then Honda and Yamaha developed pneumonic valves. advantage blown. Bridgestones helped it somewhat, but Yamaha (in particular) and to a lesser extent Honda, upgraded their electronics to make their bikes perform much better. They still had the fastest bike through the traps most of last year. And the least willing bike to turn, and the most precarious front end...

Since they haven't solved these problems, they would have achieved a relatively small benefit from testing at CotA. They won't compete for a win yet, but hopefully, they come up with something at some point. The fact is, they won some races with the 990, and Stoner did amazing things on the 800, which Rossi only served to highlight by failing.

I hope they come up with

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