August 4, 2013 at 8:03 am #15127ChampsParticipant
A rather interesting story from BBC about the downfall of Ducati in MotoGP
Stoner’s biggest attribute, not recognised or appreciated until he was winning on the Honda while Rossi was losing the battle with the Ducati, was his ability to ride around problems. For him there was no limit, he rode the “Desmo” the way it demanded to be ridden, to the point of ‘crash or win’.August 4, 2013 at 9:11 am #66599HippoDronesParticipant
I can see why Cal has made the move, but I don’t think he will do as well on the Ducati as he could do on the Yamaha. I hope he proves me wrong tho.
Ducati are being Ducati…. they dig in their heels and have a tantrum in the middle of the supermarket until they get their own way… just like they have done in the past with the rules to “make” their bikes eligible for WSB…. saying their bikes were at a disadvantage over the inline 4s so should have more and more cc advantage.
Ducatis are beautifully engineered motorcycles but I think they have almost reached a peak and now have no where to go unless they make some ground up changes. I am sure the worlds financial situation hasn’t helped them, but other teams have managed to stay ahead of the game.
The Desmo is seriously trick, but so are all the other bikes on the grid and they are better, the teams work with the riders and are far less blinkered that there are problems with the bikes.August 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm #66600ses310Moderator
Good interesting article, I hope Cal can get on with it and not get too demoralised
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