" The bike doesn't like him" Carlo Pernat. It's a Ducati sir, they all do that.
see above for the reasons behind the fail. Add to that the minor detail that Valentino Rossi feels the same and you have a match made in shit. Apparently no amount of tinkering with the bike has changed this although "feel" was briefly spotted in january before disappearing off again.
People not getting on with Ducati's has happened since the first bike was ever built and then more than one person rode it. Even riders that do well on semi factory or good private superbike Ducatis discover that full monty Corse bikes are a different kettle of Desmodromics. And fail. The list of riders who haven't fulfilled expected potential on full factory Ducati Corse bikes is long. When you consider the dominance of your Bayliss's, Fogarty's, Polen's with cameos from Hodgson, Toseland and Checa you start to have an idea of the factory mentality. Those 6 riders make up a fair percentage of the history of WSB so who cares about the ones that don't make it?
Of all current world level road racing riders Valentino Rossi would have been near the top of most peoples lists of riders capable of taming the Desmosedici. The truth now appears to be that the bike doesn't need taming to win, it needs someone aggressive enough to ride it to victory. Of their 4 riders, for me, the most obviously aggressive rider they have at Ducati is Hector Barbera followed by 2012 Nicky Hayden.
Unlike Wosi I'm happy to admit that I've been very wrong about my predictions and expectations re: Rossi/Ducati and part of that is because I was hoodwinked too. As I've said before, I became a Casey Stoner fan after you fuckwits booed him at Day of Champs 2007 and the very next thing he did was sign my lid, I became less of a fan of Valentino Rossi the next day when he refused to sign my other lid.
Since Wosi decided to lose his marbles live on the internet and began to actually become Valentino Rossi on a one man mission to disprove Casey Stoner and then got all biblical, I have to say I've been pushed away from this "fan" and "loyalty" thing towards Valentino for no other reason then I don't want anyone thinking I'm like him or that we all think like he does.
Has anyone else noticed how the main protagonists on this site all have their profiles locked? Mine never has been and I've never written a word I don't think, know or have experienced because I see no point . Who else can say that?