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  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Hayden has 1 podium and Rossi has 3, though if Bradl hadn't punted Hayden wide on he last lap at Mugello it would have been two each. Either way it doesn't show Rossi being much better than Hayden.

    To put it into perspective, in the two years Stoner was Hayden's teammate he scored 17 podiums to Hayden's 2, with 7 wins. This is despite being held back with debilitating health issues in 2009 and missing three races.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Hayden has 1 podium and Rossi has 3, though if Bradl hadn't punted Hayden wide on he last lap at Mugello it would have been two each. Either way it doesn't show Rossi being much better than Hayden.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Desh, they have been my thoughts also about the "newer" BS tyre.
    The Ducati had problems with getting the heat into the front tyres and the softer carcass was supposed to have been a "fix" for them.(IMO)
    They were brought in under the guise as a saftey issue when I thought it was the rear tyres that were the source of the early lap hi-sides.

  • Ducati Corse Press Release: Checa Confirmed As Ducati Corse WSBK Rider In 2013   3 years 15 weeks ago

    "The main reason for disagreement is obviously on the cheap side and has amazed us, especially the fact that a company like Ducati, recently taken over by a giant like Audi, has no interest in investing in a new product, on a project that would lead to repeat the successes of the past with the consequent benefits that would result in terms of sales. Just as had happened in 2012, we were ready to invest all our resources and to confirm our sponsors in the new project Panigale, and it was obvious that we expected the same commitment even by Ducati."

    Perhaps Ducaudi have a plan similar to BMW's (hopefully incl. WSB as well as MGP.....). WSB sure needs a team with that effort after BMW pulled back, otherwise Aprillia and Max may make it 3 in a row.

  • Ducati Corse Press Release: Checa Confirmed As Ducati Corse WSBK Rider In 2013   3 years 15 weeks ago

    into chassis’ seems to be the way to top class racing and sales performance.
    Performance Bikes has just published an interview with Burgess where he makes it pretty clear that he feels Ducati need to concentrate on the twin spar approach if they want top class success.
    The Panigale is a bold and impressive machine and I hope that they can make it work in WSB. However, Aprillia have shown that the best way may well be to design for MGP and then convert to ‘production’ standards.
    Burgess may well not be the world’s best designer and a dyed-in-the-wool Honda/Yamaha man but he does seem to know a lot about bike set-up. The fact that neither Honda not Yamaha seems to have pursued this type of design in either race or road bikes says a lot to me.
    Ducati may well be trading off of their WC successes with their current designs, but the gloss of that era will wear off very quickly and the credibility of the engine-as-chassis approach will also not survive long in the pub/car park competition, even if it rides well enough on the road.
    Sport bikes are a small but important niche for the major manufacturers. For Ducati it’s their life blood. I think that the V twin and all the aesthetic aspects of the Ducati brand are wonderful and I would hate that to disappear. But if I was being hard-nosed I would probably opt for an RSV4 or S1000RR HP4 road bike –they surely have been bred in race success and then made into impressive road/track day bikes.(also interesting that the impressive-to-normal-humans electronics on the BMW are off of their car programme - HRC please note.)
    The Fogarty/Bayliss/Stoner years are not that far away really, but in racing it’s a lifetime (or several) and I don’t hear of many teams opting for chassis-less twins. The Japanese 4’s from Kawasaki and Hondaha and the two above seem to be the weapons of choice these days.
    I don’t know how much influence Preziosi had on the Panigale but it seems that his concepts drove the basics. It may well be a brilliant road bike, but unless Ducati start winning again, looking like a race team and, importantly, offering affordable racing to the independents, then their future heritage may not be anything like the past. Audi need to get a grip – hopefully they have and we just haven’t seen it yet. There’s more to life and trading success than WSB/MGP, but it sure matters a lot. That trickle-down needs to start flowing, and fast, IMO.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Hayden finished 7 points behind Rossi last year and was nearly even with him this year before an accident made him miss races. On the Duc, Hayden and Rossi are very much in the same league.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Hayden finished 7 points behind Rossi last year and was nearly even with him this year before an accident made him miss races. On the Duc, Hayden and Rossi are very much in the same league.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Ummm, just remind me again how many podiums Hayden has had in the last couple of years?

    That was sarcasm by the way.

  • Ducati Corse Press Release: Checa Confirmed As Ducati Corse WSBK Rider In 2013   3 years 15 weeks ago

    How many races until Checa is on a twin spar aluminum frame?

  • Ducati Corse Press Release: Checa Confirmed As Ducati Corse WSBK Rider In 2013   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Don't call it a comeback.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Interesting thoughts there, Desh - I hadn't considered that possible angle, but it certainly makes sense from the Dorna perspective. Why else would they throw a totally new tyre into the mix mid season? That's something that has never happened before.

  • 2012 Phillip Island MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: Of Champions, Home Crowds, And Past Glory   3 years 15 weeks ago

    But if you think its going to impress International teams and major business to sponsor Aussie talent by confronting them with smelly toilets, impossible parking, and mud then you're completely mistaken. Its shameful. Have you ever thought about why local riders ALWAYS need international sponsors? Local business sees no benefit is sponsoring the riders, and how can you blame, when a corporate day at the track ends up like this...

    My wife also comes with me, and due to a back problem, we can't ride our bikes that distance, we choose to use the responsible method of getting to the track, being the shuttle service (which would stop you all from parking on top of the wild life and creating yet more mud paddocks), its supposed to run every 15 minutes, but spends most of its time stuck in traffic trying to negotiate some 100 or so metres, and you dont want it fixed because you like to stare others being caged, with some sort perverse superior grin I bet. High time you thought about public transport, Australia's international reputation and common sense solutions to a tedious problem. Is the back of your neck burnt?

    Its not my attitude which is incorrect, and the only 'special sauce' I can see flows straight from the port-a-loo blocks into the 'muck 3 pump trucks'.

    Natural environment would benefit from better facilities with less litter, pollution, people and vehicles crushing it.

    So yes, I will go to Sepang and yes I will spend my money there, unlike the preceding 23 years, and I wont feel bad about it one little bit. Patroitism is no excuse for poor service or substandard performance of any kind.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    In a rather fluff-piece doco. on Stoner's career shown here in Oz on Monday night, there were some shots of Stoner on his first test on the '07 Duc, still in bare c.f. Watching the thing buck, jump and wobble its way around corners, if it'd been painted red you could have sworn it was the '09 bike, at the very least.

    I can't find the test times for '07, but in the first race at Qatar, Stoner's team-mate Loris Capirossi - who crashed out of the race (where have we heard that before of a Ducati?) had recorded a best lap 7/10ths slower than Stoner's best. Loris had come respectably close to winning the WC the year before.

    The point is simply this: if you remove Stoner from the equation, Ducati potential in 2012 is very much the the same as Ducati potential in '07, and every damn year in between. Melandri - broken by the Duc in '08 - managed a second place in the (wet) fourth race following his Duc season - on the Hayate, FFS.

    The assumption that the '07 Duc was more than a very fast bike - rather than a very quick bike - and that Ducati have lost the plot since then, doesn't hold up to objective scrutiny. In fact, the '06 was possibly their most competitive package - witness Bayliss jumping on it and winning Valencia.

    It is hard to feel other than that Rossi (and for that matter, Burgess) were more fixated on Stoner's record on the bike than on the Ducati itself when they took on the challenge. The phrase 'blinded by the light' comes to mind - they did not look to the dark side of the bike's record...

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    You've left it unsaid, I beleive the sudden change in front tyres early this year was a last ditch effort from Dorna to help get Rossi to the front, by giving him a front tyre that might give him more feel from the front of the Ducati. They were desperate to get Rossi winning again for TV audiences, as was made obvious by Carmelo's later pronouncement that Rossi WOULD be on a competitive bike next year! Instead all they did was hand the title to Yamaha on a platter by plaguing the Hondas with chatter. I agree with you about the 2007 tyres, the next best Ducati on Bridgestones in 2007 finished in 7th place in the championship, over 200 points behind.. Without Stoner we might never have moved to control tyres.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    That killed the careers of everyone else to ride it. Even before Stoner went to Honda, his head to head win record against Rossi was, incredibly, superior. Rossi fans used to love talking about Laguna 08.. I don't hear so much about it anymore, since it's become obvious that were the positions reversed Casey would have obliterated Rossi, as he has done for the past two seasons. Where has the on track rivalry gone since Casey went to Honda and Rossi to Ducati? Rossi is too busy racing with the likes of Abraham to even think about Stoner.

    When Stoner was on the Duc he was usually 10 - 20 seconds in front of Hayden, the difference with Rossi there couldn't be more stark. Even a not 100% fit Hayden was able to push Rossi all the way at Phillip Island, and beat him at Sepang and quite a few other tracks.

  • 2012 Phillip Island MotoGP Post-Race Round Up: Of Champions, Home Crowds, And Past Glory   3 years 15 weeks ago

    What he said, except I'd go one further and suggest cars, buses etc go via Cowes as they previously did at the end of the day. Or cars be banned on raceday ;)

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    "Had Stoner picked up the odd 5fth and 6th place on the Suzuki or Kawasaki whilst HRC/Yamaha had run away with the laurels with Rossi on board,Ducati would never had endured a mention. Nor their L-4,nor Desmo,nor anything."

    You mean to say if Stoner had never set foot in the Ducati garage?

    Even if that were the case, Rossi would have stepped from winning championships or, as in the case of 2010 after heavy injuries, finishing 3rd, to 6-7 in 2011-12 behind satellite Yamahas and Hondas.

    That's in addition to Melandri coming in 17th in 2008 on Ducati, and 10th the following year on a Kawasaki.

    So yes, I think Ducati might have faced a few odd questions here and there from the press regarding their bikes.

    The only good that came from Rossi going to Ducati is vindicating Stoner's talents.

    If spec tire rule is to blame for Ducati's failures and customized tire construction is that important to a team's success, then let's go back to open tires and let Ducati have an exclusive contract with Bridgestone, the only requirement is that the team rides under the name Ducati-Bridgestone.

    Fair?

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

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  • Repsol Media Press Release - Marc Marquez: "There were times I had to channel my inner rage to win"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    I'm pretty sure when he speaks of his inner rage to win, he is talking about that absolute desire to win at all costs. Which, quite frankly, if you're a racer or an athlete and you don't have that desire, don't ever plan on getting a ride on a Repsol MotoGP bike. Or you shouldn't be in professional sports for that matter. People are so quick to talk about entitlement, but fail to remember the fact that when you are as extraordinary as Marquez, you've earned your entitlement.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    How many championships did Stoner win on the Ducati?

    How many wins did he get his last year on the Ducati?

    What place in the final finishing order did Casey place on his last year on the Ducati?

    I think some want to act as if he won the championship every year he rode for the Italians when in fact it was only once. Regardless what anyone says, Rossi won just as many 800cc championships as Stoner.

    The Rossi bashing on this site is so regular and so often it should be called 'ex-lax'.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago
    Yes

    It's a preponderant feature of homo sapiens sapiens :) nevermind!

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    The lack of a tyre war. Up until end 2007,Bridgestone were pretty much focused on the Ducati efforts and enjoyed the results. Once they acceded to supplying one Yamaha rider with their kit and focused development of the carcass around him and Yamaha in 2008, Ducati's results went backwards,followed by sundry front end folds et al in latter years. I'm not stating it as fact,merely suggestion.
    Once the Rossi/Yamaha Bridgestone standard was handed to Rossi on the Ducati in 2011,he could not deal with it. The Bridgestone behaved differently than it did on the Yamaha, as expected. Was that also Ducati's fault ? Back in 2007,Michelin took 2nd and 3rd in the rider standings,so exactly what was the issue ? Michelin served fewer bikes and grabbed the lions share of results in Europe. Bridgestone had the edge at the flyaway rounds. It was a decent balance.
    Mind you,at whose behest I don't know,the single tyre manufacturer rule and sudden change in carcass construction early 2012 certainly compromised HRC's efforts this season.
    Don't get me wrong. I am not suggesting that either Dani or Casey would have beaten George to the title this season. He was superb.
    What I am suggesting is that Bridgestone should grow a spine and stop bending every which way the wind blows. Unlike electronics,tyres have very limited control over the rider's throttle,clutch and brake co-ordination and control.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Fans say stupid things all the time.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    What a lot of rubbish. Capirossi came as close as dammit to being 2006 Champion with the pipe frame L-4. This one can go around the mulberry bush ad nauseum, but will never detract from the fact that it is a better piece of kit than a GSVR or Kawasaki in line four ever was circa 2003 GP season onwards.
    The fact that the rivalry between Stoner and Rossi hyped up the media is the only reason Ducati have been in the firing line for 2 seasons running. Stoner got the results and Rossi failed dismally as an example of an adaptable alien for all seasons. Ducati were bullied into adapting to his wims.
    Had Stoner picked up the odd 5fth and 6th place on the Suzuki or Kawasaki whilst HRC/Yamaha had run away with the laurels with Rossi on board,Ducati would never had endured a mention. Nor their L-4,nor Desmo,nor anything.
    Personally I hope Valencia post race testing puts things into perspective.
    No doubt next years hype will be about 4 bikes and 4 riders,thus giving Ducati a welcome break from the over zealous srutiny. Of course,if they come up with a rocketship that one of their rider's blends with,we can expect cries of 'foul,foul and foul'.

  • Valentino Rossi On Ducati: "Biggest Frustration Is Having Same Problems We Had At Valencia 2010 Test"   3 years 15 weeks ago

    Funny, that's not what the Boppers have been bleating about for the last decade. How many times have you heard, "Valentino developed the bike into a winner!"? If I had a dollar.....

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