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March 26th, 2019, 08:18 AM   #1
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KTM: "in Ducati they think they are smarter"

Just ran into this article on Italian media. Google-translated it as I don't have time to do it myself, hope it's understandable...

Countdown to the ruling of the Fim Court of Appeals.

Countdown to the Fim Court of Appeals ruling, which will rule on the Ducati device in the next few hours. Mike Leitner, the technical director of Red Bull KTM Factory Team in an interview with Speedweek does not hide his irritation. "In December, such a spoiler under the swingarm would not have been allowed yet. But eight days before the Grand Prix in Qatar it suddenly had no more aerodynamic function, but of tire cooling. Even a child realizes that the aerodynamic load is generated when I mount an appendix under the swingarm and then install three fins ... But if Gigi Dall’Igna believes he is the smartest, I cannot change the situation ”.

"The judges received all sorts of information. Suzuki and Aprilia brought the aerodynamics Filippo Petrucci, who previously worked with Michael Schumacher in F1 at Ferrari. But there has been no analysis later, so we cannot know what the verdict will be. Now we have to wait for the announcement ".

For Leitner “Ducati always protests for a series of stable rules. And while all manufacturers have built 2019 prototypes based on December's aerodynamic guidelines, Ducati continues to deceive and convince the technical director to adopt a new version of the rules ".
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My thoughts: someone's ass is burning (this is also a straight translation from an Italian saying ) because despite the millions they keep investing they can barely beat the Aprilias....
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My thoughts: someone's ass is burning (this is also a straight translation from an Italian saying ) because despite the millions they keep investing they can barely beat the Aprilias....
Does seem pointless for KTM to pursue this as they aren’t within a country mile of Ducati. Just a stupid distraction.
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Well the rabbit hole is going deeper > https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...otest/4358975/
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Well the rabbit hole is going deeper > https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...otest/4358975/
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Apparently Leitner is correct. Ducati are smarter.
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Well the rabbit hole is going deeper > https://www.motorsport.com/motogp/ne...otest/4358975/

I’ve never done drugs but I can assure you this felt like a shot of heroin

On a more serious note, I’m not your average Ducatista, but I’m just sick of how much shit they get from other manufactures because of their inventive skills. This is a prototypes championship after all.
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I’ve never done drugs but I can assure you this felt like a shot of heroin

On a more serious note, I’m not your average Ducatista, but I’m just sick of how much shit they get from other manufactures because of their inventive skills. This is a prototypes championship after all.
Be careful with that, because if it really is. Spec electronic/hardware & tires are shit!

I said this in a previous post.

" This is prototype racing, set limitation on the amount each factory can spend per year. That way the factory teams are not running away from the satellite teams. Heck, I would even suggest for the use of their own preparatory ECU/software. Each factory team must support their satellite teams up to 75% operating cost. The racing would remain close but without the bullshit of rider slowing the pace down. Innovation in the engine, electronics and other aspect of the machine would continue thru out each season. But it would be controlled due the annual cap & operating cost support to the satellite teams."
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Apparently Leitner is correct. Ducati are smarter.
In case KTM keeps failing, Leitner could sign for a commentarist job. He gives good insights.
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I wonder why Yamaha didn’t protest?. They too have mostly prospered by being smarter than Honda with less resources/money, including employing some of the greatest riders ever.

I am opposed to aerodynamics because of what transpired in F1, not that I care much about current F1, but how is this different in principle from Honda stealing a march with their gearbox?. Ducati on the other hand have mostly been screwed over, in motogp anyway, whenever they came up with anything, even when they chanced upon a superlative rider.
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