WSBK » Ducati Xerox pair slip further away

Haga and Fabrizio both slip a place in the overall standings after another tough day on home soil at Monza

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keech998 - Unregistered

May 10, 2010 3:28 PM

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! I feel really sorry for Nori, especially after last year. I'm sure he and Ducati felt this would be the year for him, but the 4 cylinder bikes have really up'd their game.

Michelle also looked good, but the duke just has not developed as much as the in-line and v4's.

I never felt that the v-twins had an unfair advantage, what with the relative performance differences between them and the 4's, and extra 200cc's is making no difference at all now, and showing how old the twins are.

Ducati need to think about developing a V4 superbike, as Aprilia have done. I expect them to win some races this year, but title looks unlikely.


May 10, 2010 6:34 PM

keech 998, I could not agree more. In terms of invoking the rules,they can upsize throttle bodies and lose ballast to get on terms with the fours.
Everyone,not on a twin will cry FOUL.Ducati must fight them at their own game.
How dismal were they in Superstock along with KTM?
4 to 3 rule applies.About 1325cc twin vs 1000cc 4.
I don't want to see that.Get that L-4 1000cc into production and run with it in SBK.
Ah well,people expect Kyalami to favour Ducati twins.
Mark my word,at that altitude it will go from bad to worse.Watch this space.


May 10, 2010 7:48 PM

How is a bike whose *privateer* team has one race win to their name for the season, and almost got another by hundredths of a second, not competitive? The trouble with the Xerox Ducati has little to nothing to do with the advancement of the other teams. Heck, Aprilia is still gathering data! BMW is just barely getting the electronics sorted. Even the Kawasaki brought the fight to the Xerox Ducati this past weekend. Are you really going to tell me that the Kawasaki team are just that good this year? The main problem is that the Xerox team lost some key personnel in the off season - their crew chief from the beginning and the techs that he took with him. Now they're struggling.

John - Unregistered

May 10, 2010 8:25 PM

The Duke of Haga's was about 10kmph down on top speed compared to the four cylinder bikes.

The tv coverage was very poor, only showing the front group 99% of the time when nothing was happening there, but when they did show Haga, he was riding with 100% effort. The Xerox team were a lot better than the other Ducati teams too.

............ - Unregistered

May 10, 2010 10:15 PM

Yes Budoist, a couple of the top computer techs left the team.

It also looks like they cut their satellite teams' horsepower as per their sh1tty sudden results. I'm not surprised since they were embarrassing them.


May 10, 2010 10:17 PM

In race 2, Leon H, Cal, and Leon Camier all blasted by Sykes on the straights. Haga never could shake him and only passed him with the help of the slipstream. I'm not sure if it was because they where down on power or couldn't get the power down because of chassis problems. Just last year the factory boys where on the podium. It seems Ducati as always gone well at Monza but they were no where yesterday. I don't know what it is but something is missing for sure.

Jaybond - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 2:25 AM

V-Twin should stay in WSBK because it adds to the variety and spectacle of WSBK.It will be quite boring to watch all bikes are 4 cylinders same as Ducati Cup situation.There's no hurry for Ducati to jump ship to 4 cylinders camp.The handicap currently imposed on Twins probably had to be re-evaluated, perhaps just to make the performance especially regarding horsepower a bit more balanced.Or maybe removing the balast weight.Somemore Monza is the only round where top end is one of the decisive factor in winning races.Most of the rounds don't really emphasize too much on straightline performance for race wins :).

2oyz - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 3:12 AM

As mentioned previously, they have lost some key personal and look how BMW have improved (I am sure with the year under there belts helped) but the new team manager must be doing something right. Ducati has lost direction. I am sure they will come right, I don't think drastic rule changes are required just yet.


May 11, 2010 6:39 AM

@ Southerner didn't the Ducati team from last year change to BMW? I guess that's why BMW is doing so well (and they have a great stock bike) and the Ducatis are doing so bad (privateers).

I am sure its a team problem not a bike problem, Haga has brought his bad luck with him :)

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