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Old Aug 29th 2017, 08:03 AM   #1
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Dovi!

Dovi deserves a thread of his own if he hasn't already got one!

The first couple of wins seemed like right time, right place situations but now he's proven he can do it in all conditions. We met him at a Ducati dinner at Silverstone last year and he is every bit as unassuming as he seems on the camera. A worthy rider to take Ducati back onto the top step for sure.
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I agree. I think he deserves great credit for developing the Ducati with team work. I think he learned a little about turning from Stoner last year, maybe part of it is bike set up. (BTW, what happened to Stoner, haven't seen him this year). He has stated in interviews that he tries to build on the Ducati's strengths and minimize its weaknesses. That is what the rider should do. Engineering is always a compromise. I think he also does that with himself. He knows he is not a one lap wonder like Marquez, but he works on race pace, and then is patient. I think his racecraft is currently second to none. Give a little in the corners, save the tires. Use the horsepower to make it back on the straight. His greatest skill is braking, he is damn deep and consistent. Doesn't need or want to lead the race until the last couple of laps. He has a cool head. I think he has a great shot at the title and would love to see him take it. He has titles in the lower classes so I don't think the pressure will get to him. Go Dovi!!
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Old Aug 29th 2017, 08:45 AM   #3
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Well deserving champion. Rooting for him until the end now -- he should do well at the remaining circuits and will need a good advantage going into Valencia.
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6 Race left

Misano - good for Ducati, even Rossi got a dry podium
Aragon - Hope for rain?
PI - MM fell 2x both time leading, DQ once also leading, otherwise he owns the track
Motegi - Stop and Go track, should work for Dovi
Sepang - Dovi won last year
Valencia - Lucky to be top 5

Dovi will be strong in Misano, Motegi, Sepang. Needs to hold the advantage after Sepang, the Ducati is a sitting duck in Valencia.
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Originally Posted by jyli19 View Post
6 Race left

Misano - good for Ducati, even Rossi got a dry podium
Aragon - Hope for rain?
PI - MM fell 2x both time leading, DQ once also leading, otherwise he owns the track
Motegi - Stop and Go track, should work for Dovi
Sepang - Dovi won last year
Valencia - Lucky to be top 5

Dovi will be strong in Misano, Motegi, Sepang. Needs to hold the advantage after Sepang, the Ducati is a sitting duck in Valencia.
woah. Would be super awesome if Ducati won a championship
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Old Aug 29th 2017, 11:29 AM   #6
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I seriously think that Dovi can pull this off!
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Old Aug 29th 2017, 01:14 PM   #7
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if Rossi is out of the running, um... do i sense payback time?
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6 Race left

Misano - good for Ducati, even Rossi got a dry podium
Aragon - Hope for rain?
PI - MM fell 2x both time leading, DQ once also leading, otherwise he owns the track
Motegi - Stop and Go track, should work for Dovi
Sepang - Dovi won last year
Valencia - Lucky to be top 5

Dovi will be strong in Misano, Motegi, Sepang. Needs to hold the advantage after Sepang, the Ducati is a sitting duck in Valencia.
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Agreed that he has a chance and while I still think Marquez will win the championship, I want Dovi to win. Very humble in admitting he wasn't the fastest at Silverstone. When not leading the race to conserve fuel and tyres, I love how he seems to study the different race lines each rider has, and which corners they're really good at overtaking in. He then knows how to defend his position by choosing a different race line when he starts moving up the grid. Bloody brilliant!
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The way I see it, is that Ducati seems to have a "much balanced" bike this season compared to Honda and Yamaha. I have seen Hondas and Yamahas struggle on one track and kick ass on another, but Ducati always seem to be good enough to fight for the win. Dovi adds a big factor to this, since he knows how to ride the bike without crashing a lot. Also, as you guys pointed out and as he said, he knows the strengths and weaknesses of the Desmocedici very well and he uses that knowledge to win races towards the end.

A Ducati championship would be awesome. Marquez is too good to lose, and I really think he could have won Silverstone if not for the engine trouble. Did he "overwork" that engine or is all that electronically controlled so that you cannot (for example) over-rev the power plant?

Hell of a season so far !!!

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