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Matthew Birt  says:

Ducati explains Austin test absence

Ducati has confirmed financial and technical reasons were behind its decision not participate in the forthcoming MotoGP test at the new Circuit of the Americas in Texas. The three-day test was initially privately arranged by HRC for Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez, but Yamaha’s factory squad will now also attend with Valentino Rossi and reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo. LCR Honda...

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Feb 13

Posts: 1278

AlexDAbomB69 says:

Cant afford it my arse. No new parts then and no answer to the problem.

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

Basically, he's saying the duke is that bad, they're not bothering to go because they're that far behind Honda and Yamaha in times. I wish he would make his mind up, first it's the rider not used to the DNA of the bike, now it's the bike that needs parts.

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Aug 11

Posts: 700

Bootlegger says:

He's right

Gobmeier that is. Going to Austin may have gained them a tenth on HRC and Yamaha at what expense?

Their presence in Austin will add up to nothing outside of PR. Bad PR and further embarrasement at that.

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Mar 08

Posts: 264

stompmyduke says:


Ducati undoubtedly have new parts to test, more new than Honda/Yam's who have already tested most (but not all)of theirs. Duke will need to test parts at a circuit they already have data for - hence Austin will be a waste of dosh. It would be interesting to know how many of the 'new' bits hail from the Rossi years. Audi had told Rossi that many of the parts he had asked for (over 2 years)would become available in 2013, and that he should stay with the Ities. As we know the Doc was in hurry, and left anyway.

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Aug 02

Posts: 2323

Hedgehog5 says:

In terms of bike development it makes more sense to test new parts in Jerez where they have data to work from than at a new track where they have no datum to gauge themselves against (other than Honda & Yamaha's performance). But they'll have no data to help them in the race in Texas.

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Jun 10

Posts: 356

Lorenzo99 says:

Ducati ?

    I really hope Ducati will improve this year but I dont think they will.Call me pesamistic if you will but I dont think Audi will make a lot of difference & I think they only want Ducati for theyre brand.Buying Ducati was just another asset they own.

   I hope Im wrong.I think Rossi made the right choice when he ditched Ducati & lets be fair Rossi does know how to develop a bike & so did many of the big name riders before him who had the missfortune of signing for Ducati.

    I have a funny feeling that if it dosnt work out for Ducati in the next 2 or 3 years then they will be gone from Moto GP just like Kawasaki.

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Jul 11

Posts: 1918

CHRainmaker says:

Pragmatic approach..

..from the German's safe pair of hands. Gobmeier is talking a lot of sense and Ducati's view of the American test is bang on the money. If their immediate rivals, such as Crutchlow and the like were to be there, then there would be a legitimate reason to make the trip. But without comparable data and parts to test, why just go to make up numbers? That was the old Ducati way, if they want to make appreciable steps forward from hereon in, they have to keep to a plan..

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Nov 09

Posts: 13

Desmoman916 says:

With the way money is

Why have Honda and Yamaha spent all that money going to America to test when they could have tested in Europe?  Yamaha pull out of WSB because of money then go and waste money on testing in America. Sensible move by Ducati not to go!

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Aug 02

Posts: 735

grayzx7r says:


Ducati will withdraw from moto GP defo by end of 2014, but possibly end of this year subject to results.


Yoy heard it here first.

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Aug 02

Posts: 735

grayzx7r says:

Lorenzo 99

Thats the reason behind thier iminent withdrawal

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