To: Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A, Ducati Corse & VAG group
Race real Ducatis or leave the Moto GP Championship.
So begins a rather bizarre entry on petition site change.org, the site that claims it can be just the uprising you need if you want to pressure the world to get what you want.
It worked for a bunch of fourth graders who gathered 57,000 signatures that resulted in Universal Studios updating the site for ‘The Lorax’ so that he could ‘speak for the trees’.
It is less clear whether it will work for Alex Garcia who wants Ducati to either return to a trellis or carbon fibre frame and the race winning form of 2007-10 or quit MotoGP like Kawasaki and Suzuki did when they were serially uncompetitive.
“The route Ducati has chosen 3 years ago to go into the mainstream and abandon its differentiation, has not only resulted dramatic for the sportive results and the brands image, but it has also brought great embarrassment and sorrow to its loyal customers and fans. We beg Ducati to either make a 360 degree turn going back to the carbon or tubular frame, or to quit competing Moto GP and concentrating in the WSBK championship.”
There is no doubt that Ducati’s MotoGP campaign is in a difficult position. In the first official test of the 2013 season both factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Nicky Hayden finished over 2 seconds behind fastest man Dani Pedrosa and only 1/2 a second ahead of the first CRT machine piloted by Aleix Espargaro.
The struggle looks uphill so far. Just 39 people have signed the petition, far less than the 73,745 who want the WHO to Stop Classing Transsexualism as a mental illness.