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Ducati barely scraped into the top ten in the first MotoGP test at Sepang – should they just admit defeat?

After the first test of 2013, Valentino Rossi is back on top pace, running in fourth place, while Andrea Dovizioso (who took his ride at Ducati) is in a lowly 13th place. Former teammate Nicky Hayden is top Ducati in 10th, while fellow American ben Spies is in the last of the full time GP machine riders, back in 17th...

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preunit

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preunit says:

Can't

polish a turd.

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Tim158

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Tim158 says:

Might as well keep going.

The more the merrier. So long as they don't go bust before I've bought one.

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sovrec

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sovrec says:

STONER THE ONLY ONE - BUT BIKE IS NOW ON A HIDING TO NOTHING

How Ducati can just stuff out last year's bike onto the 2013 circuit is beyond me ?- OK, Stoner was exceptional (maybe the worlds greatest ever, who will now never prove that point - and with a personality you had to endure), but in Hayden and Rossi you have two capable world class riders who were flummoxed by the bike's inherently impotent handling and odd power delivery. Sadly it looks as though their Panigale might be going the same way in WSB - maybe the weight advantage factor is wearing off now now that 4 cylinder technology and electronics are that much more advanced. For 2013 you'll have a small MotoGP factory grid, Bradley Smith, the CRTs, and then the Ducatis - in a class of their own...sadly ...oops

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spondonste

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spondonste says:

Ducati 2013

The new boss of the ducati MotoGP team has said the first few months will be to try parts they made last year to see if anything works. That is rather clutching at straws to say the least and if ducati don't make significant improvements quickly the head honcho is likely to be given his leaving cards. The fundamental problem is that Ducati don't really know how to fix the problem or what the problem really is. Their compulsion with making a stiff sub chassis using the airbox as a stressed frame member might make for a relatively cheap and light weight chassis but doesn't give enough lateral twist for front end grip/ feel.

 

It appears that development is being driven by engineers who don't fully understand handling traits for changes made. Best option is to draft in outside expertise with a fresh pair of eyes and new perspective on what to look for.

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

THE DUKE

Come in guys, as most of the bitching on here revolved around the duke, most of the comments were that it's the RIDER (meaning Rossi) not trying and not the bike. Now Rossi has left for better pastures all of a sudden it's the bike??????????? It must be Dovi not trying hard enough?????????????

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James600zx

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James600zx says:

Ducati.

I agree with Preunit's analysis, and this

Interesting article.

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Eddy998

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Eddy998 says:

DUCATI

isn't at fault here. The bike is the result of Rossi´s "development" haha! It's going to take more than one test to put right Rossis' 2 years of "development" but DUCATI will get there, despite what Rossi did or didn't do"! Let's see what happens over the next few months before we all start jumping to negative conclusions. Ciao

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

Yeah right, Rossi left because the engineers weren't developing it into a competetive package and it STILL had the same inherent problems. Dovi is bleating about the same things Rossi said.

You can't polish a turd

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DogBert

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DogBert says:

Hang on Ed

Thought these new guys were going to ride the Ducati how it should be ridden? You're soft in the head mate if you think this is Rossi's doing. The bike has the same fundamental problems it had before Rossi threw his leg over it. He's said it, Hayden's said it, and no doubt we'll hear the other three say it to before too long. Incidentally aren't they going to test all the parts they made for Rossi but didn't have time to use? What does that tell you?

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DogBert

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DogBert says:

Let see what happens?

Ha, I think the cold realisation that the Ducati is shit is finally manifesting itself in the pit of your stomach, Eddy.

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