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Matthew Birt  says:

Andrea Dovizioso reserves judgement on Ducati potential

Andrea Dovizioso says it is too early to understand the potential of Ducati’s Desmosedici MotoGP machine after he made his debut for the Bologna factory in Valencia last week. Cold and wet conditions meant Dovizioso completed less than 40 laps on a dry track, as he became the latest high profile rider to stake his reputation on making the struggling Desmosedici...

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cornbowl

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cornbowl says:

Dumbbubble

You're a childish little twat, we're talking about motorcycle racing, and the rider's prospects, you've just quoted the same shite as Sheepboy Benny, try and remember what I'm going to say, feel free to move your mouth when you read the post, if it helps. Dovi, one 125 Championship title, 8 years ago, Honda works ride, 1 win 'Oh dear', dropped by HRC, goes onto a sweet M1 with Tech3, now he's on a full works Ducati, so a regular podium finisher with numerous wins, throughout next season!!!!, you believe that, I expect you do, your dumb enough to, he won't see a podium on that Ducati as long as he's got a hole in his ass, 6th or 7th, get use to it.  

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supermario

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supermario says:

Oh dear

I think the corn has popped again!

 

 

hahahahahahahahahahahahaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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MrKrabs

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MrKrabs says:

If Ducati/Audi can get the Desmosdici sorted and as quick as the Jap bikes I could see both Dovi and Hayden fighting for the podium on a regular basis, they might not be quite up with the Lorenzo's of this world but they are top riders and hard as nails, be good to see Ducati back in there mixing it up the front.

Its a big if though

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Richard1967

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Richard1967 says:

MrKrabs

3rded

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cornbowl

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cornbowl says:

MrKrabs

That's a 'giant' if for the Ducati Kids, and you haven't even factored in our other Brit on the M1 sticking it to them.

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cornbowl

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cornbowl says:

Rev

Come on Rev, I can't swallow that, it's far too rich for me.

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CH987

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CH987 says:

 Ducati are finally taking a step forward.

 

That's right. They've lost a multiple world champion and gained a Honda / Yamaha reject with one race win to his name.

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jackinthebox

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jackinthebox says:

Rev

Take it you did not pull the other night as your still here defending Dovi.....nuthin wrong with that but do you really think the Duke can change coz it aint gonna happen overnight unless you can maybe show them the way forward?

PS. By the way did you know nostro is not a believer?

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

But Rev..

..Dovi's had the equipment, and therein lies the problem. He's quite obviously not a match for anyone - unless of course we're talking about the mid pack? - He'll be the forgotten man of GP's, as forgotten as a flower, as a fire, as a hushed footfall in a long forgotten snow..

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Hmmm

The Rev it seems,  isn't too receptive to views on Dovi's future at Ducati that aren't in tandem with his own.

Leaving aside whether one is a fan of either Dovi or Ducati, which is irrelevant really when expressing what's intended to be an objective opinion, is it realistic to be optimistic?

We have a rider who had a year on a satellite and three years on a Repsol Honda, a bike argued to be the class of the field by some, but at the very least, certainly a bike capable of winning races in the right hands during his period of tenure. Dovi, during that time, was not a regular podium finisher and a win usually looked far off, other than a couple of occassions and that solitary wet race.

This year with Tech 3, he has put in some solid performances and achieved podiums, but were those podiums a reflection of a rider's true speed and ability, or a result of chance due to any misfortune suffered by the riders that were considered the true podium contenders. He was the best of the rest to benefit of course, but in the 'true order', podiums would have been out of reach and unattainable.

Based upon his performances during the Honda years where he had the right equipment, it's clear that as solid a rider as he is, he has lacked that final bit that would allow him to compete with Lorenzo, Pedrosa and Stoner at every race. He just didn't quite have the speed necessary to stay with them and challenge. I can't see that changing next year. And next year there will be more contenders than this. Bradl has factory backing, MM will have a point to prove, Cal will hopefully have learned a lesson and calmed down, Rossi back on an M1, Smith could be an outside bet for 4th or 5th on occassion.

The conclusion therefore, has to be, that any optimism for genuine podiums on the Ducati, let alone wins, is being based upon blind faith and hope rather than logical reasoning.

Most likely, regular 6th and 7th places will be what is on the menu for 2013. Even should the bike improve throught and into 2014, it's difficult to see anything much better. You just can't dismiss the lack of success from the Repsol years when he had the best opportunity to podium regularly and take wins. He couldn't do it.

I'll be happy to be proven wrong as it would be nice to see a resurgence of the red bikes, but with Dovi? Can't see anything in his  past that suggests it will happen.

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