You know that thing kids do when saying how old they are? It's always 'four-and-a-half', or 'nearly seven'. To take a leaf out of their book, it has now ticked past 'five-and-a-half' years since Ducati won a MotoGP race. It is now in 'nearly six' territory, since Casey Stoner last won in red at Phillip Island in October 2010.
In an alternate world, Ducati could have won three of this year's eight races with either Andrea Iannone or Andrea Dovizioso. But in the real world, it simply has a growing list of missed opportunities, with Iannone eighth and Dovizioso 11th in the championship. On an outdated GP14.2 for the Avintia satellite outfit, Hector Barbera is the top Ducati rider in the standings, in seventh.
What has gone wrong? There's not one big thing, the factory riders' clash in Argentina aside. As ever in motorsport, it is all of the little things that need to come together that simply haven't for Ducati so far this season.