Stoner attributes Ducati’s lack of MotoGP title success to ‘band-aid’ patches | MotoGP
Stoner, who won his first MotoGP championship with Ducati in 2007 – which remains the Italian manufacturer’s only premier class title to date – believes Ducati shot itself in the foot by taking electronics to a new level. .
The reason for this is that Stoner believes that piling electronics on a machine hides a bike’s true shortcomings, which is something he has battled with his own crew chiefs.
Blaming Ducati’s lack of success for this, Stoner recently told the ‘In the Fast Lane’ podcast: “It’s something I enjoy and I have a lot of experience (as a rider coach ).
“This word [experience] is something I never really enjoyed when I was younger, but I have experience in a good way. I think this generation has kind of lost their understanding of what happens in a weekend, whether you’re trying to save your tires, whether you’re trying to set the bike up for long rides, etc., because it there are so many now is electronics.
“They just pour the electronics on it and I like to call it a band-aid solution. They’re not the real solution and that’s not what’s underneath.
“When I was racing I was always arguing with my engineer about getting rid of as much electronics as possible in practice sessions and test sessions, things like that to really understand what’s going on with the bike in below.
“Because you keep pouring these electronics out and it’s like putting a band-aid on top and just fixing the outer layout, the outer crust and not fixing the issues underneath.
“I think it’s something that Ducati have failed all these years and why they haven’t won championships.”
Current MotoGP riders ‘didn’t get it’ consistency wins championships – Stoner
Moving from the electronics to the 2022 title fight, Stoner also spoke about the current state of affairs which sees Fabio Quartararo narrowly paving the way for Francesco Bagnaia.
Stoner alluded to many riders trying to win the championship too soon, making unforced errors that could come back to bite them.
“I mean, Fabio [Quartararo] started off a little rough but then took off and took a good points lead as everyone crumbled around him,” Stoner said.
“It seems like the last few years in MotoGP, all you have to do is finish consistently in the lead and you’re going to win a world championship.
“None of the riders seemed to understand that correctly. They all try to win the championship at the start of the year but often go down and then try to catch up and things like that.
“It’s certainly been a rollercoaster ride over the last few seasons and you’ve always found someone fit at different stages of the season which has made it exciting. Pecco has obviously made up for its mistakes since last year and earlier This year.
“I think Ducati actually missed the ball earlier in the season when their 21 bike was clearly better than the 2022 and I still think it’s a better bike. You have Enea Bastianini and it’s the same – if he just finished some of the races then he would be leading the championship right now.
“There’s a lot going on and there are a lot of deserving drivers. We’ll just have to see how this championship unfolds. Fabio has that pressure on him.”