Well once the bike is a "proven" winner, people will jump ship to the Panigale. Look at BSB as an example, The first year Kawasaki was there, barely any presence on the grid. Now team green is everywhere with only one Ducati competing (Jakub Smrz). I do agree with you that the bike needs more talented riders.ducati started off strong in the beginning of the season, but I don't think they have the right riders yet. I don't know if Chaz and Davide really want it yet.
Davide was a lil too aggressive and kept falling, and Chaz keeps falling back as they races wears on. I don't really think it's the bike. Checa came out and made Pole on the very first face last year, and these guys qualify well usually...they just don't have the race pace/aggressiveness to keep the rest of the pack behind them (except for sykes, I don't think anyone's keeping him back)
I'm sure the audi money has helped, and the new engineers...but I I think we need some more riders... like motogp. there's like 4 ducati riders there.