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Ducati Desmosedici GP11
Ducati Desmosedici GP11

Ducati: Where did it go wrong for Cal new team?

By Azi Farni BBC Sport reporter

In 2007, at the dawn of the new era and five years after return to Grand Prix Ducati won the World Championship Casey Stoner.

Since no-one but Stoner has brought the to victory and the team look far adding to their one and only title.

Next season Cal Crutchlow will take up the after signing a two-year with the team.

Ducati been accused of killing the of Marco Melandri, and of nearly likewise to the untouchable Valentino

After top-five finishes in the seasons before moving to Melandri slumped to 17th in the after joining the team, and two later left MotoGP.

meanwhile, failed to win a race in his two at Ducati.

But where did it all go wrong?

time in MotoGP started

When the regulations were to allow four-… engines in the Italian factory started the bike that would it back to Grand Prix in 2003.

Casey Stoner won the Championship in 2007

That bike, the Desmosedici took a podium on its debut Loris Capirossi, who went on to the manufacturer’s first win five later. He and team-mate Troy had nine podium finishes them that year.

years later, Capirossi take the GP6 to third in the standings, Bayliss took his only win in in the last round while as a substitute for the injured Sete

It was a fairytale season that the Italian marque as serious against the might of the Japanese

Then 800cc bikes and came along, and Ducati from contenders to champions; the non-Japanese winners of a riders’ in over 30 years.

If Stoner’s had a downside, though, it was that it later mask the fundamental the lack of front-end feeling, a slow approach to development.

In years, the sight of a rider the front of the red machine and tumbling would be all too familiar.

Stoner’s attribute, not recognised or appreciated he was winning on the Honda while was losing the battle with the was his ability to ride around For him there was no limit, he rode the the way it demanded to be ridden, to the point of or win’.

Others would focus on the perhaps too aware of them to the limits to be tested.

“ We not copy a Yamaha, and will with the Ducati philosophy

Bernhard Gobmeier Ducati general manager

Melandri, who Stoner in 2008, cut short his Ducati deal at the halfway by mutual consent after to get to grips with the GP8. As rode it to six victories and a further podiums that year, was told the problem was not the bike and was sent to a psychologist.

Even would later complain his for changes would go unheard.

the likes of Toni Elias, Espargaro and Randy de Puniet riders who have proved worth before or since would struggle on satellite

Indeed it wasn’t until arrived that Ducati to really take note of the for a major upheaval in design. You send a seven-time MotoGP to a psychologist for complaining about the

Rossi and his crew were in to address the need for change and development in an ambitious project, the of which ultimately failed to a cure for the long-standing front-end

The Rossi years saw a variety of bikes, each time fundamental changes.

The GP11 and revised GP11.1 of 2011 way to the GP0 at the end-of-season test, where rolled out a twin-spar aluminium breaking away from a upheld belief in a carbon frame after much from Rossi’s camp.

changes would come in the but it wasn’t enough.

Rossi to record a victory in both and 2012 — the first seasons of his Grand Prix — and managed just podiums with Ducati. Hayden, in five years the team, has matched that.

two world champions couldn’t win a race spoke volumes and it was no Rossi rejoined Yamaha his contract ended, taking a pay cut in order to enjoy racing

Why couldn’t Rossi, arguably the rider of all time, win on the bike?

By the point of his Ducati contract seemed unable, or unwilling, to it to the limits, with a lack of in the machine.

Marco Melandri to get to grips with the GP8

At the time, blamed his age, saying the was past his peak. But in half a back at Yamaha, at 34, Rossi with one win and three podiums has already beaten his achievements of two in red.

Ducati Desmosedici GP11
Ducati Desmosedici GP11

Rossi said Ducati listen, echoing Stoner and When you say you have a problem, the Ducati guys don’t you 100% and secondly they are angry because you say the bike has a

Perhaps no surprise, then, the Audi takeover of Ducati about a reshuffle in management, BMW superbike director Bernhard replacing Filippo Preziosi as manager of Ducati Corse, and Superbikes general director Ciabatti coming in as the MotoGP director.

With Audi a German approach and a pragmatic in Gobmeier, widely credited turning around the fortunes of there was a sense of optimism of the 2013 launch.

Andrea signing to replace Rossi logical. A regular podium with a proven track he finished third in the championship on a in 2011 and fourth on a Yamaha in

With Dovizioso, Ducati the invaluable knowledge of a rider who has on two championship-winning bikes and understands how they work.

He realises the need for patience and bringing the Desmosedici back to is a long-term project.

There no wholesale changes for 2013, Gobmeier emphasising evolution not at Ducati’s pre-season launch, We will not copy a Yamaha, and stick with the Ducati

Rossi underestimated Stoner’s and overestimated those of the bike’s he made the move, but Dovizioso and now moved with their wide open.

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Cal Crutchlow claims British pole in 11 years

move for Crutchlow shows In pairing him with his former 3 team-mate, they now have two of the top in the championship spearheading development.

clearly think Crutchlow’s style will suit bike, a beast that a strong character to tame it.

it to a competitive level and able to be by anyone — not just — is a long-term project.

In the though, they need to wrestle the machine to the finish bring immediate results and morale.

The Desmosedici smells but Crutchlow doesn’t know how to down. His never-say-… attitude be the catalyst Ducati need to their fortunes.

Joining Ducati is a bigger for a rider than the team. survived the Rossi years, major changes came at a cost — both and to their reputation — and them no better off. But can ill-afford another spell it.

Crutchlow and Dovizioso are … successes on believing in Ducati’s project. Ducati are … future on a long-term approach to

It’s a risk for all parties. But risks is what this is all about.

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