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Matthew Birt  says:

Dovizioso: Expectations ‘not unbelievably high’ for 2014

Andrea Dovizioso believes there won’t be any big improvement in Ducati’s fortunes in the early part of the 2014 MotoGP campaign, despite a positive pre-season campaign in Malaysia and Australia. Improvements to braking stability and corner entry on the GP14 Desmosedici has seen the Italian impress in winter testing, with the highlight a brilliant third place finish in last week’s second...

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MO62

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MO62 says:

Piss Poor Attitude ..

Happy to take the life changing pay packet Mr Dovizioso, you knew damn well when you took the gig far better riders than you have tried and failed, the bloody bikes not spitting riders off every race like an evil handling NSR, you've just have to find 1.5 secs, bloody well get stuck in man and work around the current issues, Ducati needs a positive proactive garage & riders in the camp lets hope Crutchlow, Iannone & Hernadez have more fight in them, ohhh to be his team boss, a beautifully positioned size 10 right up his backside, now get out there you bloody ponce..

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glm7354

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glm7354 says:

Will see if the new boss can do anything different or he jump to kaiada like the "big german mouth" ex-boss.I believe that uncle Camelo wiil help with many ways the italian team to be competitive.

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Smoke and mirrors

 in my opinion. Hes just saying that to keep honda from throwing their toys out of the pram. Lets see what happens in Qatar with the sticky back tyre and 4ls more fuel. 

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luckofthewelsh

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Playing it down?

 He could just be playing down his chances...not sure though, Dovi has never seemed to be enthusiastic about anything. We will have to see what happens in Qatar, Ducati could pull a suprise out the bag on that long straight with 4l more fuel on board!

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dozyhonda

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dozyhonda says:

playing it down

I agree with others that he is deliberately playing down Ducati's chances. Expect to see Ducati in the top six for the first couple of races then take over the lead after that as they use the power to leave others in their wake using bike development and sticky tyres. Not much Honda or Yamaha can do once the season is a few races old! It would not surprise me if, for the first few races, the Duke is deliberatly throttled back. Winning the title with an 'open class' machione would cover Ducati in glory and the Japanese factories would know that very well.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

We#re not going to see 16kmph speed differences

at Qatar this year as in 2007. The Jap taps are fully open on the straights. As for the softer rear, perhaps it might become a viable option at some races, but realistically it's nothing more than a qualifier for the open machines and a race tyre for the old CRT types.

As Nev said they're still de-Rossifying the D16 after a year of doing next to nothing under that car bloke Gobby. The GP14.1  is eagerly awaited.

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therockgod

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therockgod says:

Deviation ....

 Andrea Dovizioso’s 1m 29.387 @ 342.9 kmph in PL was no fluke, he is defiantly playing it down, Qatar with its long straight …… Duke will be more then a match for Honda and Yam, Honda know this and therefore they are unhappy about Ducati’s open class move, on de-rossifying, well Desmosedici still has the carbon fiber swing arm, cant wait to see Cal in qualifying, Cheers …..

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

Yep I agree definitely playing it down.

Dovi and Cal are both superfast riders who are to all intents and purposes on full factory bikes, but have lost their own ecu and had to replace it with a very capable 'standard' ecu. And have also got 4 extra litres of juice, free reign at development, softer tyres and can wreck more engines.

I reckon Dorna have cocked up and tipped the scales too far....... we now have a situation similar to if the IAAF let Usain Bolt train and prepare to the best of his talents...and come race time told him he had to hop along wearing boots, whilst the slower guys can wear roller blades. Or the tennis people saying we have superb players, some of the best ever but they're looking too good, so we'll go back to wooden rackets.

if an 'open' bike wins a race do they get the same amount of points?  I can see Crutchlow claiming to be the new messiah (and forgetting the 'perks' open class gets)  if he gets some good results.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

An analogy for your analogies RF99

Let's forget the first one because that was quite ridiculous. But the wooden rackets....Hmmm I'm feeling a Kenny Roberts special dispensation come back to ride his OW48 against the four strokes in MotoGP.

The factory machines starve the bikes where fuel isn't needed. i.e off the throttle. They'll still have their 280 hairy horses when they need them. The four litre difference will be a negligible one. Ducati didn't go open thinking they could exploit a performance loop hole, they did it because Gigi wants to be able to alter engine cases. The fact the Dorna MM ECU is better than expected is a mere side issue bonus.

342kmph for Dovi and 340 kmph for the Terrapin. Little more than a seagulls fart difference.

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saturn392

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saturn392 says:

At the Risk

of being compared to the attention seeking Frenchman ;  this is Matt Oxley's take on Ducati and the Open class decision.

http://www.motorsportmagazine.com/race/motogp-race/why-the-door-was-left-open-for-ducati/

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