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For those Moto GP fans (like me ), 2014 looks interesting for the Ducatistas around the world with Andrea Dovizioso and the new British pilot Cal Crutchlow. I look forward to see Team Ducati in better positions than last year.

Cal Crutchlow sure showed last year with the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 that can bring Ducati Team to a better place.
 

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I'm more interested in the SBK efforts with a factory team coming back. I think the GP program is still a ways off. I'll keep my fingers crossed though!
 

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I'm more interested in the SBK efforts with a factory team coming back. I think the GP program is still a ways off. I'll keep my fingers crossed though!
Agree! SBK is more earthlic kind of competition..... A Single bike in Moto GP can cost 2,000,000 euros. Ducati can have more oportunities in this category, but i don't know how the 1199 can fit in it...
 

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Guys

I am a Ducatista but i fear unless a man called Stoner comes back i dont hold much hope for Ducati finishing on the podium let alone winning a championship.

If Crutchlow can get the Ducati up with a few 4th's or 5th's it would be fantastic.
Honda and Yamaha have the best riders in the field.

cheers

Armando
 
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There were only three men, who won a race on a Desmosedici: Stoner, Capirossi and Bayliss. Other great riders like Gibernau, Melandri, Checa, Hayden, Dovi were destroyed. If Ducati don´t change the bike, the next victim will be Crutchlow. I hope Dall´Ignia will be able to get the D16 ridable ...
 

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The Ducati that Stoner and the rest rode is far removed from the current bikes. It's not that Ducati got dramatically worse, it's that everyone got better. As the competition continued to evolve, Ducati was unable to keep the pace. Ducati sells bikes. It's all they do. They cannot compete with the funding Yam and Honda have poured into GP. When Honda will test 30 different frames in a year, you simply cannot compete. Honda is the worlds largest engine producer, and is involved in many race efforts (including Moto2 which is based around their CBR600RR engine). Those companies are selling dirt bikes, ATVs, watercraft, generators, lawnmowers and stuff. Heck, Yamaha is making pianos and keyboards. Ducati just makes bikes. Just look at any of the data. For example, I'll just pick a random race that Stoner dominated on during his championship year.

2007 at Misano Stoner set a pole with the Duc with a time of 1:33.918 and averaged a race pace 157.5 KPH which blew the competition away and gave him a victory by 4.8 seconds.

This past year in the Misano GP, the new Ducati ran an average race speed of 158.4 KPH by Dovi, and 158.3 by Hayden. The Ducs are still fast. But how about the competition?

In 2007, Stoner's best lap at that race was a 1:34.6. The best lap in 13? MM93 with a staggering 1:33.9.

If you look at stats across the board, you'll see that the Duc is not a terrible bike, but the M1 and the RC213V have just advanced much faster. Simply put, to expect Ducati to spend the type of money that Honda does in GP is unrealistic. I'm still a fan, but I have MUCH more hope about Ducati's production based efforts this year than I do about them advancing in GP.
 

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Ducati and all moto brands had a new problem starting 2013 call Marc Marquez! And now with Paul Espargaro in motoGP with the former Cal's Crutchlow team, 2014 looks terrific! I look forward.
 

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Ducati is like Ferrari, when their road bikes are junk the GP bikes are king, when the road bikes are kings the GP bikes are junk LOL.

Thats how the italians are, we don't like too much happening at once ;)
 

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At the moment the Ducati MotoGP is considering to switch to the open bikes which means 24 l tank capacity, softer Bridgestone rear tyres and a unit ECU. Maybe to cheapest way to get closer to the Hondas and Yamahas ...
 

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At the moment the Ducati MotoGP is considering to switch to the open bikes which means 24 l tank capacity, softer Bridgestone rear tyres and a unit ECU. Maybe to cheapest way to get closer to the Hondas and Yamahas ...
How so? Can you explain further. I am a big Moto GP fan.... Actually i already have tickets for indianapolis race on august :) .... Thanks
 

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I know it is an older thread but I had to post this after today's race. Cal Crutchlow crashed in TX. They feared his hand was broken but instead it was a dislocated finger so there are still some hope. Nonetheless Dovizioso managed to bring Ducati to 3rd place behind Honda 1st and 2nd place. Those Hondas were good today.

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Those Honda's were a bit too good. Dovi was good in practice and I expected him to do well in the race. Nice podium finish to be sure.
 

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The Ducati looked much stronger than it ever has in the past, the fact that Dovi and Iannone were right up there the whole race until Iannone's front tire started going off toward the end bodes well for upcoming races. COTA is not a particularly good track for the Ducati, so to run well here in "Honda Territory" is great! Marquez was unstoppable all weekend, fastest in every session, and saved so many near-crashes that you think the kid can do no wrong.
 
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