Its a shame you didnt get the bike that it would appear you really wanted.
As for Ducati, ive had an S2R 1000 for 4 years, buying the bike when it had just over 4000 on the clock. I was encouraged back then in a local (uk) forum to go for the s2r due to the DS engine which was described as one fo the best they made, especially from a reliability perspective.
How glad i am that I took the advice. Iv ridden all the inline jap bikes and Honda especially make some gems, fireblade etc. However for real everyday riding in the uk and a tour abroad every year, this bike has been a bike apart. Power, comfort, style and low service costs have made this bike a real joy to own.
Now, at 39,000 miles i still cant find it in me to part with the bike its been that good.
Ducati have moved on considerably from this bike, theres been numerous new releases of the monster range. Their build quality is unquestionable as is the relaibility of the engines and lets face it these guys know how to make a bike.
As for moto gp, its a matter of time before they begin to compete 'effectively'. They are behind at the moment theres no doubt about that but dont forget what Casey Stoner said 'after' he had left Ducati for Honda, in that the desmo is the most powerful bike on the grid. I believe that is still the case, the problem is managing that power with the steering and geometry of the bike.
With over 20 years success in WSBK, Ducati with the Panigale will also come good, at the time of writing I think Giugliano and Chaz Davies have hit a one two on jerez testing this week.
What ever it is with the gp bike, it will get sorted and once it does, it might be difficult to stop it which in turn will bring the best riders.
Unfortunately Cal isnt champion material and im very surprised Ducati offered him a seat. Hes a very lucky man indeed. Hes already binned the bike numerous times and there will be more to come.
I personally see Bradl on a ducati within the next three years.