WSBK » Althea boss slams Ducati disadvantage

The Althea team manager is unhappy at the speed differential between his Ducatis and the competition following a tough weekend in Italy.

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Oliver Friedenstab - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 9:40 AM


When Althea used Honda material this team didn't go anywhere - despite their talented riders. This year they use Ducati bikes and they have a rider in the top 3 of the overall standings. And Althea are the best Ducati team.

I would not hesitate to call this an improvement.

The high altitude race course at Kyalami may offer another big opportunity for the V2 Ducati bikes. The same may be true for the race at the Miller Motorsports Park.

Let's see if we still get complaints after those races are completed.


May 11, 2010 9:44 AM
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So now they complain about speeds? when the chips are down its time to complain aye ducati i mean you won at philip island why complain about it now? the rules didnt get changed midway. :? I just hope these crooks dont get their way with the rules and force the FIM to change it so that it can be a ducati cup again. :rolleyes:

OH and here's a thought ducati:

build a 4 and quit whining. :p

Mr D Bacle - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 9:45 AM

I agree with Max Well. A few years back Honda and Aprilia both successfully ran twins to directly compete with the Ducatis. So exactly why Ducati won't bite the bullet and build a 4 is beyond me.

blah - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 10:09 AM

Ducati has to build twins, because that's their niche of the market. The japs gave up that market after their bikes sold like **** (TL1000R etc). Now Ducati is almost the only bike twin lovers can buy.

BMW didn't enter WTCC with a FWD car so I doubt Ducati will do anything but whine.


May 11, 2010 10:14 AM

Ducati already build a 4, the desmo. They have built enough to qualify to race in WSBK. It is Ducati's choice to run a twin and the teams choice to run Ducati's. You don't hear any other team moaning when they go to a track that destroy's tyres and the twins have an easier life. I suppose next the tuning limitations on twins will be revised. Ducati cup here we come OH GREAT!!!!!

stavros - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 10:41 AM

There are some REALLY dense posters on this site. Althea are not complaining that their bike is a Vtwin - they are complaining that they have to run restrictors against bikes that are 10 - 15kmph faster! Why the Fack would Ducati 'just build a 4'. They make a range of brilliant Vtwin bikes which I would trade my left nut for.

Althea are right, at some tracks their top speed disadvantage will be masked (like Phillip Island which is a corner speed track) but at horsepower tracks they're screwed while they still have restrictors. The new gen 4s have massive horsepower and torque everywhere, there is simply no reason for Ducati to be forced to run restrictors anymore.

Unfazed - Unregistered

May 11, 2010 10:47 AM

I wondered how long it would take before Ducati complained. If they are not winning they are whinging. It is a case of "we are not winning you must change the rules" Boo Hoo :? Build a four like Aprilia did

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