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Matthew Birt  says:

No brand new Ducati for Sepang test

Hopes that Ducati could mount an instant recovery from a disastrous two-year spell with Valentino Rossi have suffered an early blow after Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden confirmed they wouldn’t be testing an all-new Desmosedici machine in the forthcoming Sepang test in Malaysia. The bike the Italian and American will test when the winter preparations resume in Sepang on February 5...

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buelligan272

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buelligan272 says:

Ha

Anybody want to bet that the Ducati's will be not be behind the Honda's and the Yam's at the Sepang test?



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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Moan moan moan

Why do people think they should top the timesheets at the first test with a new bike.

As said below, they now need the new riders to assess what they have and give some direction on what they need to do - difficcult for them to do that without having ridden it wouldn't you say.

This really is going to be a development year with no claims of winning races by so and so point in the season.

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buelligan272

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buelligan272 says:

bulto...

You really are a cracker!

As said below, they now need the new riders to assess what they have and give some direction on what they need to do - difficcult for them to do that without having ridden it wouldn't you say.

And you really believe the riders they have now can do that without any changes?
I would say Hayden knows the bike pretty well by now and how finickity it can be.
I somehow doubt any of the new riders will manage to give any better feedback than Nicky on the current bike unless his previous experience counts for nothing.
The only hope they have is one of them turns out to be another Stoner but that is probably even more unlikely.
Sepang will probably be a wasted test and with time against them as before it's not looking good so far.


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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

Of course they need to assess where they're at now

with a bunch of new riders. Hayden really doesn't count for me. He's a spare part Ducati didn't really want anymore anyway.

Give Dovi and Spies the early part of the 2013 season to really assess the D16. Hopefully one or both of them can finally push the thing into the zone that it needs to be ridden in to truly judge the direction it needs to move. Ducati have had enough flip flop equivocating from their previous lead rider, who lead them precisely nowhere.

It would not surprise me in the least to see Dovi perform 2013 in a manner similar to his 2012 M1 campaign. When a mediorce rider (in the company he keeps) like Hayden can show flashes of genuine speed on the thing, you know it really isn't that far away. Dovi is a step up in both riding and technical abilities from both Hayden and Rossi.

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Shite..

This really is going to be a development year with no claims of winning races by so and so point in the season.

Funny how expectations are lowered now Bulto?

 

Ducati HAD direction.

Preziosi took a season to drop the CF bike, mackled an ALU beam chassis around HIS engine then brought nothing else. He got booted downstairs.

The irony is that at the precise moment Ducati need a talented engine man to re-design that behemoth old lump of a motor, to make it more compact and weight distribution friendly, they've got rid of him.

Who has replaced Preziosi on the technical side?

Jerry Burgess said of Ducati towards the end.."If you do nothing, you get nothing" 

They're waiting for 3 new riders to give feedback?

What..when Hayden has been there for so long and the last thing they need is to lose more ground?

They're clueless and remind me of a head-less Nostro.

 

  

 

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Does anybody really believe

that Dovi, Spies and Iannone have the development skills needed to turn the Ducati misfortune around ?

Apart from Nostro and Bulto that is !!!

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

They say this as they don't want to give much away bet they turn up at the Sepang test with a new bike. I hope they freaking improve that bike as it needs a revamp big time.

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ThePornstar

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ThePornstar says:

The bike is a sack of shite, the only decent one they built was the first 800. Nobody has been able to do jack with that barge since Stoner left and even he moaned about it. My money is on Spies for at best an occasional top 5.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

Unless Audi have a MotoGP technical guru

up their sleeve who has designed and built a wonderbike since November then the new bike will be down the Ducati ''same old, same old''    Audi will supply the cash - but who will supply the expertise? Unless there is another Stoner among the 3 new rider employees (Saturn coughs and clears throat) then nothing is going to change anytime soon.

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

Also don't forget both Ducati teams will working closely together to improve their fortunes. I would be amazed if Ducati built their 2013 bike like they did with their 800 six years ago.

I hope Spies is in the top 5 if he does well Hayden's ride could be on offer to him wouldn't bet against it happening.

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