My oh My
So much anger towards Ducati... What's eating at some people? It's just bike racing, hardly the future of the world as we know it being dependent upon them taking part in a Texas test.
I agree with Bootlegger, what have they got to gain by being there? They have a test program and if they don't feel that there is any benefit to being there, who is in a position to question that. Maybe their test / development program won't see the next parts / changes available until Jerez, so why spend a vast amount of money to go to Texas with the same spec as the last Malaysia test. It won't get them closer to Honda or Yamaha. The test team may well be pounding the tracks now evaluating new ideas / parts destined for Jerez. Would it be worth interrupting that to go to Texas for little or no purpose?
At best, maybe they'd gain a couple of tenths advantage on their direct competition for the actual race due to having more data to draw from? So what, it counts for nothing in the overall plan which is to improve the bike throughout the season in readiness for next year. Doesn't matter if that has been said in previous seasons, it's a new season, new ownership, new focus and approach.
At the moment it seems as though they are sticking to the logical approach they said they'd take which is to begin with new riders and head of development, re-evaluate the bike they finished last season with, try as yet untested parts / ideas that were introduced for that bike and try to take a direction from that. It's fine people saying the bike needs a complete redesign and that they need a new engine, but what exactly do they build? Where do they start? Answer is they have started, at Malaysia 1.
It will be a slow process, why do people expect that they should cut the deficit to Honda or Yamaha in a few weeks and consider it more failure if they don't?