The rebuild will be a slow process
I don't think so. Its already been fast tracked by signing riders with a point to prove. The one that left had nothing to prove at Ducati in the first place. Two Italians and two Americans on the same kit is a great starting point. Suppo has got it about right in his assessment re Preziosi. As with Hayden,Preziosi should have been left at the helm for 2013 at least. He's in the best position to undo the damage done 2011/12.
On the other hand,past history suggests HRC are pretty handy when it comes to zeroing in on potential sidelined due to whatever,be it politics,funding or personality clashes.
They poached Yamaha's electronic guru's some time back, followed by securing Suppo once it became apparent there was no room at the inn for him within a Rossi/Ducati venture. Suppo then got Stoner,Gabarini and crew over to HRC. That move brought an end to the drought and Dani was also the better for it. Likewise Dovi. Dovi has always been a great rider,but Stoner's arrival spurred further effort out of him which he carried across to Tech 3 with a vengeance.
Preziosi can contribute enormously to HRC. The D16 since day one was his brainchild. His bike won in its inaugural year with Capirossi at Catalunya. Gobmeier can no doubt with Audi finance smooth production and roll out of mods timeously.
The 2007 dream team was Preziosi's bike,Stoner's skill,Gabarini's efficiency and Suppo's management skill. HRC now have Gabarini,Marquez and Suppo. I don't see any reason why they won't poach Preziosi.
Desmo Honda's next ? One of the reasons the GPC have fought tooth and claw to restrict rev limit is because the Desmo system as proven in 2007 is not dependent on it, hence stifle it with fuel limitation. Next time a pneumatic valve actuated bike is offered for public consumption will be the first time.
Then there is the black magic. The rubber. In 2007,Bridgestone,courtesy of Ducati won the title,whilst Michelin filled slots 2 and 3 with HRC and Yamaha respectively. Give me a break. Given the final standings, Michelin were at least on par with Bridgestone. Bridgestone were better at the fyaway rounds and Michelin owned European rounds,but thats another argument not subject of the current topic.