Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 10 views remaining

You have read 5 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 60 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 60 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
MOTOGP NEWS 

Ducati pins MotoGP hopes on re-organisation

Rossi Ducati

Ducati will re-organise its racing department and seek to take full advantage of its relationship with Audi from 2013 in a bid to once again rediscover winning form in MotoGP.

The Italian company also backed Andrea Dovizioso - confirmed for next season alongside Nicky Hayden - to help the manufacturer to improve its form over the past two years.

Ducati has not won a race since Casey Stoner triumphed in Australia in late 2010.

In the past two years, with Valentino Rossi and Hayden at the helm it has taken just three podiums, the most recent of which came in wet conditions at Le Mans this year.

Ducati president Gabriele del Torchio says Dovizioso's arrival overlaps with a wider re-organisation in the hunt for future success.

"We are working on a re-organisation of the racing department," del Torchio told Gazzetta dello Sport. "We are discussing this together with our friends from Audi.

"We'll take advantage of their technology, especially electronics and simulator models.

"We have chosen Andrea because he has demonstrated the characteristics that we think could be useful: a fine tester, he has deep knowledge of bikes and is a fighter, as demonstrated by his five podiums this year.

"He is 26 with a future ahead of him, he is a conscientious and judicious person who uses his head. He is not the gung-ho type. He will help us in the improvement path that unfortunately isn't finished yet but that we want to keep following.

"Two years ago we had great expectations. We had thought we could only do better. Unfortunately that wasn't the case.

"But our motto is to never give up: let's work, fix what hasn't worked and get back on the improvement path. Ducati fans deserve better results. We are still capable of building the bikes, building real Ducatis."

Del Torchio admitted there was a tinge of bitterness over Rossi's decision to leave Ducati for Yamaha, which he feels was influenced by the Italian's crash at Laguna Seca.

"[There is] a bit of bitterness for having been unable to satisfy the desires of the rider, who has been unable to interpret our bike's characteristics," he revealed.

"The Ducati bike did not meet Valentino's expectations, everything got off to a bad start. Sometimes people who get married realise love isn't the only glue.

"I think Valentino was heavily torn between [Ducati and Yamaha] until the end. After his strange crash at Laguna he decided that his target at 33 is to get immediate results, so he made a different choice. We leave each other in harmony, however."

He added that he remains confident that Ducati can bounce back from its recent travails, saying: "We count on being closer (to the top). Work and intelligence can't avoid rewarding you.

"I know, when you look at the results it's a bit like cursing in a church, but as Batman says 'the night is darker just before sunrise.' I'm sure our sunrise will soon come.

  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
Full MotoGP coverage on autosport.com
Read Toby Moody's latest 'Out of the box' column
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Haymarket