27 lug 2009

WHAT'S GOING ON THE DUCATI CORSE TEAM MOTOGP 09

From ever, Ducati has been one of the main charming attractions into the world of racecircus, so, many billions people are asking themselves what's the matter of this slow descending parable before and after the failure of Sunday at Donington...and that's what i did as well supported by literature on it....



1 Casey Stoner : out of body fit. Actually, what is right for him on his D16, is really bad for the other drives. Ducati probably needs a B strategy plan to improve and develop the D16 for N. Hayden, because he doesn't have enough just from the set up of his bike in the seat and pedals rearrangement. And Stoner as well...

2 Lack of availability in new parts to test on D16 cranked out from Borgo Panigale. They are working on past stuff ( 2008).

3 Rear suspension waving, due to a not accurate matching between electronic guidance of gas and tyre and swingarm. Actually Ducati team is reaching for a " switch on " cut on single cilinders, which could give more feeling to the pilot but a lower speed in curve --with high fuel consumption as well --( good for Hayden and others). But Stoner is out of this option because he stays better with the " rude " mapping, and the top speed of his D16 is not the same of glory days , so we go back to the absence of a B team for the Hayden ( or Stoner ) machine.

4 The absence of the " Banana feeling" on the pivot of the swingarm, absolutely stiff .On the D16 the swingarm is pivoted to the engine, differently from the Japanese bikes, and this scheme means no flexibility and less feeling for the pilot. Furthermore, the carbon frame of the D16 is too stiff. No way out. So, the different choice to use alloy swingarm or carbon swingarm based on the evidence of different pilot tastes and circuits, is a source of many bias for all the team about stiffness VS flex. And this bias reflects on speed and agility.

5 Lack of a strong technical leader into the paddock?

6 Poor accelerator software " in se " .
7 What' is the relationship between the formidable work of Vittoriano Guareschi and the real necessity of a pilot who develops himself the machine ( see Rossi, Lorenzo etc...) ? To be sincere, if I were Casey Stoner i will be paying for not having ballbreakers on my way to sensing and setting and hearing the spectacular universe of my D16, but that's another story....
Are possibly, all of these problems the real cause of the Stoner's sadness...?
We'll see...good luck Ducati.....