Ducati starts in the red

The latest results of the Italian firm, fourth in the overall team classification, keep it from fighting for the championship in a year, without Márquez, the key to winning.


"Without Márquez we have a very good chance to win the title," said Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti, after taking third place with Dovizioso in a first race of the season where the champion was out of the game. The only wall that existed between Borgo Panigale's signature and the wound during the last three campaigns had collapsed, and it seemed that the Italians would have a free road to find the Holy Grail they have been looking for since 2007. However, the bronze of Jerez only It was a joy that, when it has lost its disguise, it has presented a reality much more complex than that reflected in the opening date of an atypical season. And not only because of the scenario left by the pandemic.

The official bikes work and that's no surprise, however all the brands with satellite structures on the grid are shining more on those frames than the official ones. And there are even prototypes from 2019 that have been better than the current ones. At Ducati they know it first-hand, with Zarco's pole and podium in Brno, since the Frenchman was the best Desmosedici on a grid in which Borgo Panigale's “best asset”, Andrea Dovizioso, did not exceed the eleventh position. In the previous appointment, the second in Jerez, the sixth already left a bittersweet taste although it was in the Czech Republic when all the alarms were turned on. On a track where they came from winning and signing a second in two in the last seasons, only one of their five prototypes shone. Tires, set-up ... What could go wrong? They don't even have the answer at the factory.

It was highlighted by Dovizioso after the disappointment in Brno: “All the changes we have made have not worked. The line of recent years does not work and it is something we do not understand ”. Not even having approached positions with Ducati in the offices does that things improve on the asphalt. It is true that the one who has been runner-up during the last three seasons is in fourth position overall, as is Borgo Panigale's signature in the team classification, but the reality is that the Yamaha are in another world, the Falls have also influenced when ruling out rivals and Zarco is only three points behind the official bike. And all that, not to mention the triumphs. Winning is still the objective, but the highest step of the podium is not the first need for the Desmosedici right now, despite the fact that “getting victories is the only way we have to win the championship” .

The priority is to solve the problems on a mount that with its best rider, after three races in 2019, accumulated 54 points to the current 31. It is true that the scenarios change, but in the face of uncertainty, the Red Bull Ring will have a lot to say about what is the reality in Borgo Panigale. The Austrian track has become Ducati territory since it arrived at the World Championship in 2016. Since then, only the Italian motorcycle knows what it is like to win on that stage and only Márquez has been able to challenge them for victory. Despite the fact that the ilerdense will continue to leave, this start has left many protagonists wanting to assume their role as leader and that could once again compromise the performance of a mount that, already played, can leave Austria sunk. It is your opportunity and also your year. And there are trains that only pass once ...

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