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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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May 12

Posts: 979

cornbowl says:


What's changed, Audi's arrived with unlimited funds and expertise, neither of which are showing. If they're not prepared to take part in a test on a new circuit, with valuable testing and feedback from the riders, what kind of a showing are they going to make in the US, come raceday.

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Aug 09

Posts: 66

crawsue says:


this is a non-year for Audi/Ducati... First objective was to get Rossi to stay...gone, next objective was to bin Preziozi (?) done. Now back to the drawing board and don't throw good money after bad...Dovi was needed to keep the punters happy and probably give some input to whatever they develop..remember ,he has ridden both of the opposition offerings...he knows how good they need to get. See my post below, if Dorna don't get a grip of costs soon, the game's a bogey. CRT is just an expensive sideshow, and I'm surprised that Aspar hasn't blown the whistle by now. Only the Suzuki gig will keep him on-side...and they'll have to hit the ground running to have any chance.

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May 12

Posts: 979

cornbowl says:


Only weak link is, the design of the bike and, if it was fixed tomorrow, they haven't employed a rider up to winning a MotoGP, never mind a title, so they're history. Run them as CRT's and they'd all look good, it's the end of the line for the Dukes.  

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