Jeez Wosi - April 1st is 4 months away
Ducati spent next to nothing.... Get the frigging blinkers off.
Half a dozen frames in 2 seasons
Rossi cost Ducati millions:
His monumental salary
All proceeds from the sale of Ducati / VR46 merchandise kept exclusively to himself
It's all cost.
More new parts and frames than the previous 4 years
Cast your mind back to 2010 - the boast from the dynamic duo that all the GP10 needed was setting up properly because the current encumbent was too lazy and too stupid to do it. A couple of laps into the first Valencia test and the goat realised that maybe he'd made a small error of judgement.
After a miserable start to 2011 and failing completely to find a set-up with the GP11, after testing the GP12 he convinced Ducati that he needed that frame to turn the bike around. He got it. No improvement. They than told Ducati that the material was at fault and required it made out of aluminium not CF. They got it - no improvement. They convinced Ducati that they needed a Yamaha style swingarm to improve the bike. They got it - no improvement. He then convinced Ducati they needed an alloy perimeter frame and mid-season tested a new one for the 2012 GP12 at Jerez. He was reported to be "grinning like a cheshire cat" following that test with claims of being close to Stoner's lap time on the new 1000 Honda.
Following that test he gave Ducati his legendary feedback with ideas on how to improve this new bike. He got his wish and a new version was rolled out in end of season testing and he pronounced himself very happy with it. Next test and he was back to moaning like hell about it, despite it being what he asked for. He asked for another chassis and got it for Qatar and we all know what happened there. Despite having everything he asked for he had a public tantrum and the public blaming of Ducati began -
"this bike is unrideable, it is no better than last year's years and can't be improved with set up. I'm not an engineer, Ducati need to fix it"
Ducati then made him use Hayden's settings following Jerez when Hayden qualified 3rd and Rossi 14th - and all of a sudden his results improved...
Still Ducati were looking for direction from VR / JB but by now the pairing was lost and hadn't a clue what to do with the bike, VR admitting as much more than once. The blame was now all on Ducati.
Another frame followed, more swingarm variants and we had the "result" at Mugello (in reality, a result born out of hours of testing) Next race normal service resumed and the new frame offered no improvement.
Is that what you mean by spending nothing and bringing nothing to the table ?? or was the latter part of that statement intended for the development geniuses.