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February 16, 2014 12:45 PM

MotoGP » Dall’Igna begins reshaping Ducati

SBPilot: I think it's cool how much Gigi is revealing in this interview. Basically saying the personnel structure at Ducati Corse was a cluster f***. Furthermore he openly tells us what he has done to make it better. I like that transparency and honesty from a factory team. If anything, it's just nice to read, forgetting about what Ducati has done lap time wise or whatever. I've gained lot more respect for Gigi. He seems very down to earth, no games, no bs. He's very clear cut too. After 3 races he said he'll know what to do with the bike if it needs a whole new development. That means it can take up to another 3 or so to put those changes into affect. Lets keep our eyes on Ducati at the 5th or 6th race and see where Gigi has brought that GP14.
I agree with you mostly but I think you are overly optimistic with 6 races. 3 races will give him an idea for direction but the factory bikes will be locked in for the year on engine development so that also means


February 16, 2014 12:56 PM

MotoGP » Dall’Igna begins reshaping Ducati

contd they cannot make drastic changes to the frame particularly as it affects the mounting of the engine. The open bike will probably get the brunt of experiments as they have the testing and "change room" with 12 engines. I believe it will be next year before any major change (technically) take effect. If I am not mistaken once Ducati commits to factory status this year they are locked and cannot change their minds mid-season but DORNA may make concessions...anyway if it takes him 3 races to see where they are at, then all he will do this year is work the GP14 as best he can then change it next year. That is why I believe he will toy with the 1 OPEN bike he has and then based on his analysis he will either decide to redesign the factory bike and keep it factory or realize it will take a few year to get the new design to competitive factory spec and needs more in season testing and therefore commit to the OPEN class in 2015!!


February 14, 2014 11:40 AM

WSBK » Toseland tips protégé Barrier for EVO success

Sounds like he was just telling the story to me... Toseland is still relatively young so I could see people thinking he is tooting his own horn!! but in reality if he was as old as Kevin Schwantz, Corser, or Fogarty no one would find any fault.... In the end the dude is in the history books as one of the best superbike racers and the fact that he is a mentor to one of the fastest SSTK racers is just a matter of process...after all he is a doublworld champion... why wouldn't a young upcomer approach him for advice?


February 14, 2014 12:35 PM

WSBK » Elias thrilled with last minute Aprilia deal

@ gammagamma I agree with talent fan.... I like Toni but he has had such an up and down career, I am surprized he keeps getting decent rides but I am happy for him at the same time. Good for Toni, the only rider in the MotoGP era to give Valentino a kicking (thanks to magic Michelins). One race in Estoril.... I am not sure if that qualifies as the ONLY rider to give Vale a kicking.... I remember Sete handing Vale his a couple times in a couple races!!! (Sachenring comes to mind in 2002 possibly 2003) but in the end Vale stood out above all these guys...none could sustain the pace to consistently beat him.


February 06, 2014 10:32 PM

MotoGP » Valentino Rossi leaves Sepang on a high

Big Rossi fan here but I will not go on a fan rant.... action speaks louder than words... lets see what the season holds but right now looks encouraging. I am not so concerned about this next test here... I want to see what he does at Qatar test. Then I might get more excited. If he does well in Texas I will get even more excited because I do not believe that, in general, Rossi does well a new tracks. He sucked last year there so we will see... Go Vale!! I am hoping for another World title but the end of year will tell!!


February 06, 2014 10:49 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: Fast lap wasn't our priority

Can I get one of your Crystal ball...maybe you all have a spare one kicking around in a closet or somthing!! Lorenzo had issues with this new bike. The engineering solutions did not favor his riding style and level of "comfort" if you can ever be comfortable at 200 mph. He fixed some of these issues but ran out of days to fix them all. He and team decided to leave the fast lap for next test!!and focus on race pace.... I do not see the problem you all have with this. Last year he could focus on both because the bike was dang near the same as he could go for fast lap and race sime....did not have the time to do that this test!! So what... he will e on it as usual and I would not read into this too much. I think he told it like it is! and he did not even use a soft tyre....


February 06, 2014 4:50 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso sets personal best at Sepang

Codger: People are praying for Aleix to get a Works bike and how I wish Dovi would too. (a proper Works bike I mean) I might be his only fan on here but I have to say he can't do more than finish as top Ducati rider, whatever position that leaves him in. Dovi put the Tech3 bike on the podium several times so he obviously has the talent, still got his P45 though.
I like Dovi as well but we cannot forget that he had a proper bike for 3 seasons. Well at least 2 since he had to enforce his contract to hold his seat for 2011. With that said he was a podium regular so by all means I think he deserves a place on the grid. The problem I have and most racing fans have is that... on arguably the best bike/kit he was not a winner!! (well one race I guess) Hell we bust Pedrosa chops and he wins regularly!! so Dovi's stock is just not as high!! and many would argue that he does not deserve the best kit because he cannot win on it!! Many argue that Rossi does not deserve


February 05, 2014 5:04 PM

MotoGP » Jubilant Aleix Espargaro has Open podium aim

To be honest and this is not a knock to Aleix.... but he was not underrated prior to his performance in CRT. He was rated exactly where he was during his first time in GPs.. I do not believe that in 2008/2009 that he would have done jack and squat on the Yamaha because he was not the quality rider he is today. His rough road in MGP and back to Moto2 and then into CRT built his mettle and his reputation but more importantly his confidence and his skill. Now his stock price has risen. He is more mature and skilled and now I believe he should have received the Tech 3 ride. Pol has earned it but Aleix is a more seasoned rider than Pol right now and would bring more success in the class for Tech 3 at the moment.

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