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Old 01-15-2013, 01:53 AM   #796
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I'll bet they're seriously happy they don't have to develop THAT bike.....
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Old 01-15-2013, 03:12 AM   #797
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Oh yeah, and the Stoner to V8 ' Supercars '.......an elaborate deception. He's actually starting with us next week....

















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Old 01-15-2013, 06:27 AM   #798
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Note the hats...

We will have to forgive him this one thing.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:49 AM   #799
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Oh yeah, and the Stoner to V8 ' Supercars '.......an elaborate deception. He's actually starting with us next week....
Probably handles better than the Ducati.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:09 AM   #800
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“I was in Bologna in the past days. We don't have a 'new bike' as such, it hasn't changed a lot from last year, but we're taking small steps,” he said.
Oh boy.
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:26 AM   #801
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Oh boy.
"I would say the two main areas we have to solve are the understeer and make the bike turn better. We made some steps with the aluminum chassis, but for more feeling and more feedback, which was important. But we have not really solved the turning problem. So a lot of the turning problem also leads to other problems on the corner exit and if you cannot make the bike steer you cannot lift the bike up, therefore you don't have as good a traction, tire life is not as good. I would say that's a big problem. And also we still need to smooth the engine on the bottom, the first touch, especially in slower corners to make the throttle be more connected to the rear tire. So for me I would say those are the two main areas to focus on."

IOW, we haven't done dick
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:27 AM   #802
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Oh yeah, and the Stoner to V8 ' Supercars '.......an elaborate deception. He's actually starting with us next week....

















bet you can haul a shitload of turnips with that...
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Old 01-15-2013, 08:41 AM   #803
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Nicky on Rossi's tenure and departure:

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sp...medium=twitter

And where he talks about the problems they need to solve (Still. How many years later?).

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/sp...medium=twitter
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Old 01-15-2013, 09:26 AM   #804
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Sounds like Gino Rea will have a Moto 2 ride on an FTR with the new Ekerold/Stigefelt GP team with some backing by former Williams F1 co-owner Patrick Head.

I hope this is a solid team with solid backing. It will be interesting to see what Gino can do.
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:04 PM   #805
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bet you can haul a shitload of turnips with that...
And the MILK! Think of all the MILK one can haul...!
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Old 01-15-2013, 12:31 PM   #806
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For the first-time ever, the second Ducati team will have separate sponsors. Iannone's sponsor has been announced as Italian energy concern Energy TI. Spies will pull the cover off his Desmosedici to reveal the Ignite Pramac Ducati. Ignite Asset Management is a financial services firm based north of New York City.

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Old 01-15-2013, 01:12 PM   #807
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GP1 is estimating that Ducati lost 6-7 million Euro in sponsorship with the departure of Valentino Rossi, including Italian insurance company Generali.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:17 PM   #808
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For the first-time ever, the second Ducati team will have separate sponsors. Iannone's sponsor has been announced as Italian energy concern Energy TI. Spies will pull the cover off his Desmosedici to reveal the Ignite Pramac Ducati. Ignite Asset Management is a financial services firm based north of New York City.
A casual Googling of Ignite reveals next to nothing. Maybe it's where Spies stashes his Suzuki millions...
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:42 PM   #809
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For the first-time ever, the second Ducati team will have separate sponsors. Iannone's sponsor has been announced as Italian energy concern Energy TI. Spies will pull the cover off his Desmosedici to reveal the Ignite Pramac Ducati. Ignite Asset Management is a financial services firm based north of New York City.

I sure hope they have nothing to do with Ignite Energy out of Texas, which is the first thing that pops up when I Google 'Ignite'.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:55 PM   #810
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GP1 is estimating that Ducati lost 6-7 million Euro in sponsorship with the departure of Valentino Rossi, including Italian insurance company Generali.
Seems like they will be money ahead by not having to pay Rossi the 15 million euros, no? I realize they gotta pay Hayden, Spies, Dovi, Iannone, but the likelihood of the 4 of them costing what Rossi cost seems slim?

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PS - Ducati reveals this bike, and the only thing available are crappy low res pics? They must not want anyone scrutinizing pictures too closely
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