..lapping around arse cheeks before taking the plunge, more like.
As a piece of tackle, the present D16 is further away from the competition than it was. You only have to look at Haydens results from 2010 to see that.
For comparison, and using the same tracks they have completed races at this year vs 2010, the American was over 12 seconds a race on average nearer the front then, than he is now.
Giving Hayden back that 12+sec average gap deficit, to put his 2013 Ducati around the same level of competitiveness the 2010 bike was..would have seen Nicky 5th in front of Cal at Losail. Less than a second behind the Brit 6th at Jerez. On the podium in front of Marquez at LeMans and 4th at Mugello 5secs in front of Bradl.
Nicky was battling other Factory prototypes back then. Now he is struggling to beat CRT bikes.
Extrapolating further for a bit of fun, or not as the case may be..haha.
Let's say, being generous, that Casey was half-a-second faster than Nick on the same bike, and the average race is 24 laps. Haydens 2010 results are where Stoner would be finishing today if he were on the GP13.
One 3rd place podium and a 7th final finish in the standings..No better than a certain Italian last year.
Could we expect Cal to do better? No.
Has Nicky Hayden lost 12 secs as a rider? No.
Every single rider who rode the CF bike and the Beam frame has said the new bike is an improvement. If Ducati thought it was a step back and now that Rossi ain't there..they would have junked it, but haven't.
So what conclusions can we draw from wosi's reasonable analysis?
Mmm..probably that brain-dead fucko's who claim Ducati should go back to their old design and tempt Stoner out of retirement in the hope fortunes are reversed, really haven't got a clue and are just namby fanboys.
With the heat wave set to continue and too much sun on people's heads..I can't see the situation improving much in the short term either.