Close,but no cigar. On the other hand Dovi has done more for Ducati in 2 bloody months than Rossi did for them in two years on the developement genius' alloy bike. He has to be relishing Mugello in anticipation. Dovi reflection and Alien direction.
The bloke was seriously compromised against George/Aprilia in 250. He was surely treated as second fiddle at HRC in terms of Dani/Repsol. His final year within HRC saw him up against Casey. That was always going to be his exit scenario, 'cos he ain't that level of Alien,but he is damn close,like Calvin.
Machinery. Granted. Ducati have no established Alien on board. Given that the Rossi rendition of D16 was generally 1.0 seconds per lap off the pace as a unit on the Bridgestones, Ducati have to only find .5 of a second within his 2012 mess to elevate Dovi to Alien status. Dovi will find the other 0.5 within himself.
And on top of it all,the Ducati 2012 can't even compete with M1's top speed. I think and hope they will adress that issue next weekend.
That of course won't be entirely true because if Ducati close that gap by one half of one second in Mugello it will be heralded as Ducati progression rather than Dovi's application.
Then we have Marc and Dani and George. None of them ever stepped out of their comfort zones. Aliens by smart choices perhaps. Marc is excused from the listing obviously. Its his first season. Rossi, and Kudo's to him,actually did step out of his comfort zone and try an L-4. The viper proved he ain't no Alien within the #27 league of Aliens.
As for Dovi, maybe he and Hayden are suggesting Ducati have a look at the CF autoclave's again.
They were winning and podiuming back then,right. Hell. Some long distance calls between former team mates all round may add sum hooligan juice to Mugello.