It's a sad story for all involved at Ducati, especially the riders! The Desmo obviously needs to be taken by the horns and bossed about with an aggressive riding style.. I think Cal is currently the best exponent of that 'loose and furious' style that Casey used to master it! Let's hope it doesn't become his career graveyard..
Spartukus I have great admiration for small factories trying to field a competitive race bike against the likes of the Japanese conglomerates (have nothing against Japanese manufacturers )
But I am disappointed in Ducati for pulling the Carbon Fiber Monoque design and using the Lame excuse that the use of a control tire made it impossible for the Carbon Fiber chassis to work correctly.
The basis for the use of a Carbon fiber Monoque chassis is that the carbon material in itself has inherent adjustability factors.But to get the correct balance Ducati will have to test many different chassis designs before getting it right. Once the Balance is found Ducati would leap frog over the competition.(Race Engine Technology magazine UK may 2009? issue.)
Now Ducati is starting at step one with Twin Spar Aluminum chassis design and playing catch up.(Ducati went from Trellis to Carbon ,skipping Aluminum Spar chassis) Hopefully AUDI, who has been working with Carbon chassis for many years , will step up and commit to the research needed to complete the Carbon Monoque chassis. As of June 15th? 2013 the New CEO said the Carbon and Traditional Aluminum twin Spar Chassis designs are both being developed. Pick one , as doing both gets nothing accomplished . At least Ducati MotoGP bike has the most horsepower on the grid. Although at this point the chassis lack of grip coming off the corners kills any horsepower advantage of the Ducati.
Comparing the Ducati to the Honda and Yamaha both pull away from the Ducati coming off corners , then when the Ducati finally hooks up it closes in on the Honda/Yamahas. Unfortunately the loss off the corners is to great to make up down the straits . Having the best trap speeds is worthless if you cant use the speed to pass .
If Ezpenosa has his way MotoGP is doomed anyway . The ...PIT STOP... experiment at the Phillip Island round was schedualed before they knew of the tire wear problem .It fouled the race up so Dorna used the tire wear problem as a scapegoat .To mandate a pit stop for the sake of having a pit stop is absurd.
Someone should point out to Ezpenosa that following NASCAR policy isn't he cure all in Motorcycle racing . If that was the case DMG/AMA would be running like a well oiled machine . AS far as the Ducati racing program goes , if Audi doesn't step up to the plate, IMHO Ducati will be floundering with no set direction .
DID ANYONE ELSE NOTICE THAT THE PRIVATEER TEAM USING A THE OLD 1098R/1198r SUPERBIKE OUT PERFORMED THE FACTORY DUCATI 1199r PANAGALI AT JEREZ ? TALK ABOUT EMBARASING . iN FACT THE NEW DUCATI 1199R PANAGALI HASNT BEEN ABLE TO MATCH THE PERFORMANCE OF THE OLD DUCATI 1098/1198R AT ANY OF THE WSBK VENUES THIS YEAR.
A COMPANY CALLED PEROBONS IS NOW SELLING A PACKAGE THAT USES THE 1199 PANNAGALE ENGINE AND DESIGNED IT TO WORK/FIT WITH THE 1098/1198 TRELLIS CHASIS. =ASPHALT & RUBBER
I’m going to buy an XR1200 and kit it out for a couple of race outing in this years “Rolling Thunder” series..
Okay the Cat is now out of the Bag, let the P*SS taking begin !!!!!:stickpoke
This series will be supporting the BSB rounds, and I intend on entering a few rounds on the circuits...