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Matthew Birt  says:

Nicky Hayden unlikely to switch to new Ducati in Assen

American Nicky Hayden reckons he is unlikely to begin racing Ducati’s new ‘lab’ bike in Assen next weekend because it is no better than his current factory GP13 Desmosedici. Ducati has invested vast human and financial resources into the new ‘lab’ bike, which features revised weight distribution and a chassis with different stiffness. It was hoped the new bike would help solve...

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  • Posted 2 years ago (18 June 2013 11:45)

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Jul 08

Posts: 185

BMEP says:


Pretty much summed up there by CBR11X. If I put this in very simple terms would others understand? - If Ducati built a Honda lookalike the Ducati riders would finally get the front end feeling they have been asking for and probably win something.

Since 1969 ish Ducati have won 1000s of races worldwide with their 'trademark' engine design which is a 90 degree V engine with the front cylinder(s) near to horizontal (pointing forward) in both twin and 4 cylinder. They do not want to move away from this tradition but alas with all the modification failures they are now backed into a corner.

The type of tyres that Ducati HAVE to use are not really suitable for this type of bike design and if they could use the correct tyres you would see an instant improvement, a major leap in lap times and race endurance but that cure is not allowed hence – build a Honda. Note I don't suggest build a Yamaha as this is an in-line 4 and I cannot see Ducati going down that route.

Casey Stoner must be discounted as a measure on the Ducati as he is unique, exceptional and seemed to to have magical powers when on that bike but everyone else struggles. The everyone else bit is the part that must be focused on. As an indicator, not perfect, in the wet the Ducati handles and Dovi was running second/first until the track dried and the tyres went, so it does work when the tyres are changed.

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:


The turd polishing isn't working!!!!!!!

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Apr 09

Posts: 1408

Richard1967 says:

Only one thing for it

Roll it in glitter .

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Oct 12

Posts: 369

73mach3 says:


i think your friend is wrong GM isnt buying any crap for the next couple of years they havent finished paying back the tax payers!

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