MotoGP » Dovizioso Hayden get set-up for Mugello

"The lap times weren't bad, but we must improve our pace" - Andrea Dovizioso.

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Guna - Unregistered

May 09, 2013 7:33 PM

Hope Ducati will get up near the front to mix it up to add more excitement in the race in Italy even if it is dry, afterall it's their home GP so they might come well prepared... Cheering for the local hero riding on japanese machine, expecting him too be strong aswell in front of his own crowd in the legendary mugello

ducati - Unregistered

May 09, 2013 9:50 PM

I really hope Ducati can improve their bikes in both MotoGP AND SBK! It would be nice if Ducati can somehow rule SBK again, which at least it gives us fans something to cheer about even though they're not doing too well in MotoGP. However, I do believe that Ducati is incrementally improving their GP bike, but we might potentially not see any Ducati podiums this year. As a fan it pains me to see how far back the bike is from the front. As a huge Hayden fan, it pains me to even think that Ducati will not keep him for next year's team. If that is the case, Ducati needs to get either Espargaro brothers or even Scott Redding. . I'm hoping for the best but we shall see what happens.

lura - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 3:43 AM

yamaha once had a crap bike. they put together a good team and became world beaters. its impossible that ducati dont have the expertise to build a competitive machine. in the past they have build good machines to beat way cash rich Japanese machines. Its a matter of thought & time. hope it happens before they are totally out of motogp.

some1 - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 6:08 AM

The best solution for Ducati is step back to the original GP12 with it's screamer motor rejected by Rossi. Those configuration was praised by the Ducati test rider at the time. Even if a single current Ducati rider willing to ride it this season, it will outrun all the other GP13 performances.

ps - And yes, prof-x was right all along and never missed a mark about Ducati and it's riders.


May 10, 2013 4:30 PM

@ some1

Test riders can't even keep pace with the factory boys, so why on Earth should their "praise" be considered over the boys who are actually doing the racing??????? And stop blaming Rossi for Ducati's issues. The issues were there for YEARS before Rossi ever came to Ducati, and they will remain for YEARS after Rossi has left.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 10, 2013 7:12 PM

btw, I remember one Ducati test rider taking a win on a wild card, hmmmm. Troy Bayliss was it? Of course that was when Ducati had the option to run their own style of tires, and not the ones Bridgestone decide to build, which only seem to really suite one bike...

Control Tire -- Costing Ducati MILLIONS.

Realist - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 9:09 PM

@ Prof X

I get the point that you're trying to make, but even on the same tires, the test riders don't lap as fast as the factory boys. It has been mentioned/discussed on numerous occasions (..and even some statements made by test riders themselves) that the test riders aren't reaching the same limits as the factory riders. It's harder for a slower rider to assess for a faster rider.

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