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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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Ivebeenthehero

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Straw poll please MCN

 Yes definately playing down their move to open class. MCN please do one of your votes on whether ducati should be allowed to run factory bikes in the open class. Be interesting to see the results.

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aintnothin

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aintnothin says:

Oxley's article

is pretty good.  A few thoughts:

  • the rules seem to say that if a team agrees to run Open software, they are pretty much free to bring a factory spec bike
  • hopefully MotoGP's goals are to have more competitors at the front, and to reduce the cost of running a team by reducing the cost of a bike
  • short term this is good for Ducati; however, a factory bike running Open software will still be faster than a non-factory bike running Open software, so, you would still kind of have the "has" and "has-nots" again, although maybe with not a as much of a gap as 2013 factory vs. CRT.  Which sort of brings us back around to the same issue of having 4 or 5 bikes every race that have the potential to be on the podium.

I would hope that after 2014 the Open rules would be enhanced so that a true factory bike cannot run in the Open Class just because they are running Open software.

 

 

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willc955

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willc955 says:

50 bucks says...

...Corse knew there was an upgrade coming for the Open ECU, while Honda/Yamaha did not. 

More fuel and softer tires are swell for testing/qualifying, maybe even good for early race-pace and straightline speed...but what happens at 2/3rds race distance when tires are used up and the Desmo goes back to handling curves like my Huffy?

Dovi is right not to be overly optimistic.

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buelligan272

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buelligan272 says:

dont get excited...

The Ducati has hardly changed since last season and is not suddenly going to be drastically different during the first part of the season and it is still far from certain that they will come up with a solution to match the Jap factory teams.Extra fuel and a softer tyres will not solve other more relevant problems.
Saying that I really hope Ducati can finally manage to develop their bike throughout 2014 and be a title contender the next year along with Suzuki?

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spitfire74

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spitfire74 says:

Bluffing?

I don't think he is personally.  He always complains about stuff and while playing it down would be a very wise strategy, I don't think Ducati would sanction saying that their bike doesn't turn and " To compete with them you need a really good bike and it is difficult".  I think he's a moaner.  

 

 

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thestig08

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thestig08 says:

Dovi

 Well that's fair enough because I have never had high expectations of him on any machine he has ridden, HRC seem to know a goo rider when they see one so they sacked him !

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DaniPedola

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DaniPedola says:

He's not bluffing

Their long runs were off the pace at PI.

Yeah, Yamaha and HRC both know good riders when they see them.

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glm7354

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glm7354 says:

Carmelo will help Ducati to close the gap with many ways, to force Japanese go to open.If  the red mishmash accessories don't close the gap , uncle pyt an extra rule in the middle of the season that open machine can weight 100kg and factory 250kg , a big change in the middle of the season that non private open team can earn with it , only factory red open can win of this,...like first sbk regulation of flammini.. does anyone remember the parody of  regulations to help the same factory to win titles past years.

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glm7354

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glm7354 says:

March 11 the decision for new category.

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aintnothin

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