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February 24, 2015 1:28 PM

MotoGP » New Ducati ‘already better than GP14.3’

TrueFan:..same tyres and fuel allocations in "Factory 2" as the "Factory" entries...
Ducati chose to run with them, it wasn't forced on them
Well yes, but they needed to change the engine. The engine design freeze rule was supposed to be part of the package to make racing cheaper. All it really did was make racing a waste of money for teams that didn't have a competitive package, because it couldn't be fixed. Ducati took the smart decision to fix the bike, and the cost was the stupid tyre and fuel "advantages".


February 24, 2015 1:05 PM

MotoGP » Rossi: Ducati can fight Honda and Yamaha

VR "In the race we hope we can take some advantage because last year Honda and Yamaha were better than Ducati, especially in the second part of the race.” That would be the other side of the same reason he is worried about Ducati in qualifying... The stupid tyre rules. Ducati will only be competitive in races where the preferred race option for factory teams is medium tyres front and rear. Otherwise, they're screwed once the hard tyres come into their own and the (Ducati) mediums go off. Suzuki and Aprilia will have the same problem as Ducati, although Bautista has some ground to make up. Anyway, we should still see some interesting racing this year, with Iannoni now on a bike that behaves better, and Vinales making even more progress...Even though I'm fairly sure that YFRs and Repsols will fill most podium positions, it would be nice to see others chipping in more often.


February 24, 2015 10:53 AM

MotoGP » Sepang II MotoGP test times - Tuesday (Final)

Those times are very encouraging... Ducati is on the pace, Suzuki looks good - Maverick Vinales is very fast for a rookie, and even Jack Miller who at first glance appears to be at the back of the pack (which he is), is only 3 tenths behind the fastest Open Honda (Nicky Hayden). And how impressive is Danilo Petrucci on the old Ducati?? Like the posters above, I can't wait for the racing to start!


February 23, 2015 3:45 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso delighted by new Ducati GP15

kma55: ... a bit of a trade-off from all the good things they get in return (engine development, extra fuel etc). It is a bit of a mess but they can't have it all.
Sorry, but that's rubbish. The engine freeze is a very recent rule designed to preserve the status quo, rewarding software / data advantages. I find myself singing from TF2's hymnbook here... Ducati could not have properly understood their problem without making engine changes during last year. Fuel was irrelevant.Tyre sacrifice was a necessary evil - but that rule pretends that qualifying closeness might produce close racing... Nonetheless, I hope the Ducati is competitive. Dovi is a quality rider. I'm not convinced that he's a championship contender, but I'd be delighted if he proves me wrong. Go Andrea(s)


February 23, 2015 3:57 PM

MotoGP » Dovizioso delighted by new Ducati GP15

TF2: Ducati will NEVER be forgiven for beating H & 2007.
Having just defended your usual arguments, i see these in the meantime... H & Y introduced pneumatic valves followed by (esp Yamaha) dramatic electonic upgrades to counter Ducati post 2007. The engine freeze was introduced under the guise of "reducing the cost of entry" - which it definitely didn't do - but so that it ensured that only software and data improvements would make a real difference. Ducati didn't "outsmart" H & Y by nominating Open Class entry - they were going to nominate Yonny Hernandez's bike anyway - they simply realised there was no point doing anything else.

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