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Matthew Birt  says:

Andrea Dovizioso: Ducati going nowhere without understeer solution

It blunted Casey Stoner’s blistering speed, shattered Valentino Rossi’s confidence, and now Ducati’s long-standing understeer issue is the bane of Andrea Dovizioso’s life. Huge pre-race optimism that Dovizioso could spring a surprise in last night’s season opening MotoGP clash in Qatar failed to materialise as the Italian struggled with understeer and excessive rear tyre wear. He’d started fourth after qualifying just 0.009s...

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Jan 13

Posts: 212

pannyderosa says:

its a pity for Ducati

but maybe they have themselves to blame.
Dovi knew before the race this would happen.
Maybe he should have a word with forum expert bultoboy as he seemed to think Dovi was making good progress compared to others?

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Aug 02

Posts: 2321

Hedgehog5 says:

"Dovizoso was marginally faster than his race time on the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1 a year ago"

An interesting fact... he's actually been further off the pace on a Repsol Honda... like many stats it's wrong to read too much into one race but the news could have been better for the season opener.

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Aug 02

Posts: 316

cthwaites says:

If Audi money can't solve this, their time in GP must be limited, no?

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May 12

Posts: 994

cornbowl says:


What Dovi's found a problem with the Ducati, in the handling, well it seemed the perfect bike, and with Gobshite twiddling the springs and changing the fairing, I thought it had been sorted. But, then again, that 'old has-been, passed it', rider from last year, did mention something along those lines. Ducati are a joke and Dovi is above his station and out of his depth. 

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Oct 08

Posts: 262

LaughingGas says:

With all the money and resources they have I don't understand why Ducati won't listen to it's riders and concentrate on the problem.

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Jul 11

Posts: 258

Ocdcbr says:

So what Rossi and others said then..

Nothing new here. Another great rider unable to change the plain fact the Ducati is off the pace of the others and this front end, steering issue is what most riders inc stoner have had. Are Ducati going to let this continue? With Audi on the case I think not. Dovi could have timed his move to the duke near perfect,with audi's input and financing things have great potential to change. Hope they do a throwing dovi and the other duke riders into the mix can only make things better for us fans

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Apr 09

Posts: 478

1986vfr750 says:

There is apicture on gp one of the ducati guys very intently staring at pedrosas bike...yamaha too, but ducati guys look like they are studying where hondas engine is placed so they can copy and fix their steering problems. The nice thing about being last is that almost anything is an improvement...rossi was not content to be a loser, and couldnt wait. The 4 ducati riders this year can afford to or are content to wait

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Jun 11

Posts: 566

ratchetman says:


Ducati must be payed an awful lot of money by DORNA to race MOTOGP. why alse are they carrying on with the piece of junk they call a MOTOGP prototype bike. When WSB bikes can lap quicker (which is basically a road bike)  its time to quit. The best thing they can do is concentrate getting the Panagali sorted in WSB and get some credibility back. I feel really sorry for Dovi because where does he go after Ducati? my bet is WSB

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Oct 06

Posts: 587

Eddy998 says:


in my opinion,at least,now have a direction to go in to sort out the Desmo and I am confident they will. All is not lost and given a little bit of time I'm positive the bike will be running at the front again. The motor seems to have the power, which is the most important factor. For the first race, which unfortunately I didn't see! it seems like a reasonable start for the Desmo! It can only get better! Ciao

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Aug 02

Posts: 13

hondonadas says:

Control tyres problem

Did anybody realize that the Ducatis don't run very well since Bridgestone is not their exclusive tyre supplier? Tyres are the single chassis component that can greatly affect the laptime (+/- 1 second) depending on their construction and I would bet that currently Bridgestone is making tyres more suited to their Japanese colleagues from Honda & Yamaha than to a little italian manufacturer that uses Pirelli in their road bikes. 
Bring back Michelin to have some competition :-)

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