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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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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Sheenefan

2s off last year's pace?  The front row times are virtually identical to last year's ???

Why are some trying to detract from the job Dovi/Ducati has done this weekend? "Race pace will be no good, track suits the Ducati, track is dirty which is flattering the Ducati, pace is slower than normal so flattering the Ducati" (it isn't slower is it?) The track may be dusty but it is every year, it's no different this year. So if conditions suit the bike this year, what happened in 2011 / 12 with the dusty track? This is the first time since 2010 that a Ducati has figured regularly inside the top 10 and regularly within 1s of pole.

Whatever happens in the race, it's reasonable to assume that they're (particularly Dovi) finding more potential with the bike than it appeared to have from last years results. Whatever the final result tomorrow, Ducati must be encouraged by what's been done during testing and this weekend and surely it's a good start on which to plan ahead for next season. Given the time he spent on the Repsol Honda with only the one win, I've never thought of him as a race winner, a lower podium place was about the best I'd ever have bet on. I still think that, but he's been impressive so far on the GP12.

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Bob Buttamasangy

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Hey cumbowl, they just shipped all the sand in for this years race to help the ducs you know!

Sand in the desert... what's next? Soon, we'll have Caramello chipping in to buy rides for his favorites!

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BMEP says:

I wonder?

Now your talking crazy Bob, 'Caramello chipping in to buy rides for his favorites!' surely that can never happen?

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Bultoboy

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Bultoboy says:

Watch out for some new Bridgestones soon - on the grounds of safety of course.

 

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Bob Buttamasangy

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I don't know, I think even Mudguard Ezpeleta is worried his dough is probably tainted with Italian stench!

If the tunnel visioned terror from Cervera doesn't take the limelight soon and Flo can't make the most of his purchased opportunities, who knows who'll be the next to receive the late night knock on the door from ...

Uncle Caramello.

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