Well that would be true if the current 800s were still being run, but with the advent of the 1000s, anybody who's going to field one is back to square zero as well with development.
They can call on prior data from their 800s, but that will only carry them so far.
Ducati finally threw in the towel on the frameless carbon-fiber frame and went with an aluminum spar frame in the typical sense.
They had to take an engine replacement hit in order to do so since the existing engine wasn't usable in the new frame.
So for 2012, Ducati may be closer to on par with the other competitors and their 1000s, providing they do intensive testing during the winter.
Rossi is a capable rider if given capable equipment.