A lot of speculation has been firing around the interweb since the unveiling of the Ducati Desmosedici GP13 this week at Wroom 2013 event in Italy. Since Audi recently acquired Ducati last year the the rumour mill has been glowing red with possible outcomes for the 2013 season. So let’s lay out the facts we do know.
- No one has been consistently successful on the Ducati except for Casey Stoner
- Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden, and Valentino Rossi have all struggled with the unfriendly Ducati
- The Ducati handles great in wet conditions but not in the dry
- Not even the great Valentino Rossi could ride the Ducati like Casey Stoner.
So now that Audi has bought one of the most recogonizeable motorcycle brands in the world we expect big changes right? Uh no. The new General Manager of Ducati Corse, Bernhard Gobmeier said
“The challenge that lies ahead is a big one and everybody is curious as to what we are going to do to close the gap to our rivals. We must work in a lot of different areas where we can make the difference. We have already made some positive changes to the team structure, and we have some ideas for the development of the bike. I prefer to speak about evolution rather than revolution and with this in mind first we want to evaluate the material developed in the second half of last year. I think that with this approach we can improve the performance of the bike in the short term but we are also working on new solutions which down the road in 2013 will be implemented into the race bike."
So in other words nothing has changed in the bike presented in Italy this week. The plan is to start changing parts come test time. With the addition of Andrea Dovisozo, Andrea Iannone, and Ben Spies will help the development of the Ducati but it takes time to gather data and build new parts.
Unless Audi has something up their sleeve regarding skunk work development don’t expect miracles the first half of the season. Judging by the pictures released the Ducati is quite bear with sponsors. So why doesn’t Audi have a big logo on the side of the bike unless they want to be successful first before applying the logo?
Food for thought. What do you think?