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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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ratchetman

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ratchetman says:

WSB

Seems to me that Ducati should give up in MOTOGP and concentrate on WSB. Or perhaps they are already thinking about it. Hence the reason for no new bike at the MOTOGP test. Oh another thing can you Rossi knockersout their man up and give us an apology for saying it was Rossi and not the Ducati. You only had to watch Rossi and Haydon last year to know it was the bike and not the rider they couldn't of ridden any harder

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290mph600

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290mph600 says:

Can't they just change the rules like they do in WSB?

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R6nutter6

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R6nutter6 says:

Rossi Haters

They'll never apologise for slagging Rossi. You could clearly see that the bike was a pig. The problem is the Ducati 'DNA' ; if they refuse to develop the correct weight distribution of the motor, they'll always have the vague front end problem.

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piroflip

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piroflip says:

At many races in 2012.............

...........they were one of the fastest through the speed trap so the basic engine power is there. They should stop chucking money away and call it a day though.

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venturer

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venturer says:

they need to stand back

imho, that guy in the wheelchair ruled with his ideas, not saying that the guy was/is not a brilliant and inovative fantastic engineer, (in fact i'm sure he is) but the path he had planned didn't work for the riders within the current rules. I think Ducati require me in exchange for free engine parts roflol, i feel that the Yamaha/Honda have protype bike programs with more branches that Ducati can imagine, so it's easier for them to change to rule changes.  Also Ducati are operating out of s shed in someones back garden in comparison to Yam and Honda

 

      

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kevinschwantz

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Ducati MotoGP v WSB ???

I think they should give MotoGP up as it's doing their image no good at all which Audi will be aware of, however they will be contracted into the series for a while so it may not be that easy. They should put a factory effort into WSB and even if the rules are going more proddy based that is ok because "win on sunday ride on monday" will be much better for the brand and Audi... 

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Kingsil

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Kingsil says:

Go back to what you know

Ducati for me will always mean Foggy and the 916, they shifted so many of them on the back of those glory years that I never understood why they went GP racing. Only Honda have deep enough pockets these days to compete successfully in GP's and launch a whole new range of bikes at the same time. Yamaha's range is stagnating by comparison. With Suzuki and Kawasaki gone Awol we need a new vision for the premier class (CRT ain't it!) or it will whither and die. As someone who has been following since Agostini, Read, Roberts, Sheene et al that would be a real sad day for me.

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CountryLad

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CountryLad says:

Thumbs up for Ducati and Diversity

Ducati have always been the smaller factory enterprise in MotoGP and the race series is all the better for their involvement. Without Ducati MotoGP will become a race between Honda and Yamaha, albeit as factory and satellite teams, with a lesser presence of Aprilia and perhaps Suzuki in the future. What Dorna ought to be doing is reviewing the rules to encourage a stronger presence from Ducati and others, for example BMW, factory Aprilia and so on... Should Ducati give up? Hell No!

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