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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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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

To keep Ducati..

..as a high performing asset, they have to keep their profile high. Moto GP is still the pinnacle of motorcycle racing despite what you may think of the "actual" racing! Why are Suzuki clambering to get back into the paddock as well as whispers of Kawasaki returning? And why did Yamaha take Mr Rossi back? It's all to do with raising profiles and generating sales away from the track. If Ducati start to make in roads into the top 4 by the end of the season, there's no reason for them to pull the plug..

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Testing..? Don't be silly ffs.

They have new parts to test, but the parts aren't available until Jerez..?

Austin and Jerez are two weeks apart, not almost at the same time..only a week longer than the Sepang tests were apart..? What was the point of doing Sepang Two then Bernie?

Gobby would have signed the cheque to go if they were 2 tenths off..but won't because the gap is two seconds..? Where's the much touted Audi commitment..? 

Racking up much needed Kms would have diluted focus..?

It doesn't make sense. Ducati have to spend money if they want to compete. They have to close the gap and they won't do that by sitting at home wanking down Lambeth. 

Gobsheister is talking out of his contradictory arse. Every time he opens his sausage munching mouth, Rossi must be thanking his lucky stars he wasn't taken in by the Germans lies & promises.

Perhaps he can persuade Dovi to pop into the factory with his spanners every day, to raise moral and give the Bologna factory workers much needed inspiration..? I mean..it'll only cost a plate full of cabonara in the cafe at lunch..far better Return On Investment than running his bike around a fkin racetrack..?!? 

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grayzx7r

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grayzx7r says:

CHRainmaker

I take your point BUT Audi just need the name not the bike or its success or otherwise, unlike Suzuki or Kawasaki who I agree should be welcomed back. Lets see whose right in the future

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Wosi...

"Gobby would have signed the cheque to go if they were 2 tenths off..but won't because the gap is two seconds..? Where's the much touted Audi commitment..?"

The gap is only 1.3 secs now (1.0 on the last day)... at the same test last year Rossi was 1.0 off the pace... if we take it that Dovi isn't as fast as Rossi that means they're not losing ground to the big 2... they just need to make up more.

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

if you believe that hedgey you'll believe anything.. Dani hasn't turned a wheel in anger yet.. Ducati won't be any closer than last year maybe even further off unless they get some major changes sharpish.. Rossi was almost as close to the front at sepang(2012) and that was with Casey going flat out and look how the duke went last year.. Read a comment the other day that Lambo just wanted a motorcycle manufacturer to help with their emissions quota.. If they aren't at Cota then nothing has changed at ducati...

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Sheene Fan7

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Sheene Fan7 says:

looks like Audi wont be giving them extra money to spend after all.

as said if they were closer im sure they would be there, but why pay 150k just to be embarrassed

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Hugs...

"if you believe that hedgey you'll believe anything"

It's the stats... they mean nothing in reality... no more this year than last, so are equally valid or invalid... we'll know in qualifying how good they are for 1 lap... Rossi slipped to 1.5 off the pace last year... that'll be Dovi's target for qualifying in Qatar. Until then we can't say anything for certain, but it'll still be the race where it counts.

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

I like the cut of his jib..

Gobmeier isn't going to fritter good money after bad in the same way the previous mob were inclined to do. The reason Rossi apparently became disillusioned with the boys from Panigale was due to the lack of a coherent structure in terms of testing. I suspect the money is there, but you need a leader to marshall those resources in the appropriate ways, not to piss it down the toilet in the way Wosi would suggest. I reckon we'll see fundamental result changes by the second half of the season, and our great German leader will be the reason why.

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crawsue

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crawsue says:

Best chance of a Duke

in the top 8 at Quatar....or anywhere before June....only if Marquez takes out DP and Jorge at Qatar turn one. Audi will turn this round...but not this season. Look out for some major rule changes from Dorna...this CRT nonsense is unsustainable and there arn't too many peeps going to turn up to watch a 10 bike race. The answer will be to dumb down WSBk ( ie Aprilia and their ludicrous 20+ engines), make it a race to the showroom...where it all began ,anyway....then ban all electronics in Moto GP...that way we see who is the bestest and bravest.

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hugelean

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hugelean says:

Hedgey, they're the best times recorded by riders whilst testing and who we have no idea what program they were running.. Dani could easily have half a sec left in the tank maybe more, it certainly wouldn't be the first time. That in itself would rubbish your assumption and entire argument, so thin is the thread, by which it hangs.You are officially the most ridiculous stato in at least the northern hemisphere statistically speaking of course..

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