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Matthew Birt  says:

Andrea Dovizioso surprised at Ducati speed

Italian Andrea Dovizioso threatened to pull of the first major shock of the 2013 MotoGP world championship in Qatar last night when he battled for a top three position in free practice. The former 125GP world champion put his factory Desmosedici GP13 into the top three in the late stages of last night’s third practice session, which saw the top 10...

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Hedgehog5

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Hedgehog5 says:

Yup...

"Ducati always looked good in a straight line, it's just corners & handling"

 

Losail has 16 corners... he'd be even closer if it was 15! :biggrin:

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

CHR

The 'under-estimated' tag came from commentators and Dovi himself.   I think he made remarks to that effect when he was dropped from the Repsol squad - but then he had Stoner to contend with   ...  and ...  he is underestimated by many MCN posters as you can tell from the many negative comments.   I'll agree though that he doesn't have the 'alien' gene ...  but on the other side of the coin he only had one season on the Repsol to 'prove' himself. Pedrosa has had 7.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

Saturn ...

... very valid points, and as Hayden says: 'not flashy'. Hayden has worked with some of the very best in the business and suffered as a result. But now, like Crutchlow last year at Tech3, he's benefitting from having Dovi as his team-leader.

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Bootlegger

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Bootlegger says:

Ducati straight line speed

No IMO needed Saturn. Its always had it by the bucket load. Stats prove it and few could use it. GP13 ? Thats funny. Its still last years bike with a little fuel cell shift in the hope of optimizing weight distribution.

Preziosi and intransigence ? The bloke has gone fishing as an indirect result of the intransigence of Rossi and Burgess re-bike design coupled to the media fallout. At worst Dovi is trying to wring its neck. Get the speed,then use the data to identify endurance issues is the correct approach in my view. Rossi got the fright of his life in Valencia testing post race 2010 and focused on saving face for 2 seasons at the expense of the manufacturer. That is just IMO.

Ducat now have a team of real grafter's,rather than one megastar moaner driving development in every direction.

I have no high expectations for team Bologna this weekend nor anytime soon,but the early promise is just that. I hope iit all translates into good results for all four sooner rather than later. Rhetoric and rider personalities aside,the sport and spectacle 2013 needs Ducati L4 prototype to upset the the generally accepted applecart that is GP2013. Funny old bone ain't it. Dani struggling on his L-4 Honda,practise current.

 

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

If he's your rider, he's under-rated..

..if he's not, maybe he's over-rated. Unfortunately, that's just the way of the world..

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CBR11X

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CBR11X says:

Nice Bloke, but well over-rated by some.

" I'll agree though that he doesn't have the 'alien' gene ... but on the other side of the coin he only had one season on the Repsol to 'prove' himself. Pedrosa has had 7."

Saturn, you been smoking them blunts too much mate. Dovi had 3 seasons to 'prove' himself on the Respol Honda 2009,2010 and 2011. He managed to win once in his first season. He did Ok in 2011 to come third though. I agree that Dani's has been given many chances to prove himself, although the guy has won 22 races thus far at Honda, so IMO he deserves the chances he's been given. 0.33 wins per season versus 3.14 wins per season is almost one order of magnitiude difference, in Dani's favour. Your yellow lenses need a good wipe as they're fogging up a bit.

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CHRainmaker

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CHRainmaker says:

Good point CBR..

..and well made.

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BennytheRev

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BennytheRev says:

CBR ...

... yes your're right, three years at Repsol - two of which was in the role of race development rider (hence the strong RC213V package), and one year as the unwanted guy - the bloke who shamed HRC into honouring his contract. You caught a glimpse of the real Dovi in 2011 when he was finally allowed to race - finished 3rd in the world that year and 4th on a Tech3 last year. But too quiet for many people (including Italians) to recognise his outstanding abilities. The guy oozes class.

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Sheene Fan7

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Sheene Fan7 says:

seeing as we are around 2s off last years pace, its hard to tell anything

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carcleanerboy

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Make no mistake

Dovi is one of the very best riders out there. Why people have such a negative view of him is beyond me.

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