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Old 04-09-2013, 08:35 AM   #256
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Maybe Nicky is just responding to more of the same old same old slow Ducati. I'd sure love to see him on a faster bike and be competitive once again.
I sure hope they are paying him a lot of money to ride that thing! Like Spies, Dovi and (formerly) Rossi...signing up there sadly means putting aspirations of winning on hold!
Stoner was able to find some magic there at one time for sure, but it seemed to suit him and to be fair, when he won in 2007 it wasn't just a bit fast but WAY faster then the Yamahas and even (gasp) the Hondas! The Ducati mid-season turnaround thing we've heard before. Would be nice to see but I suspect is just Ducatiphile wishful thinking!
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:25 AM   #257
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The Ducati is plenty fast,it just doesnt have good front end grip and tends to dump it's pilots on their heads at the oddest moments. Some say if you can keep it pinned and ride at 10/10th's every second it may not throw you on the ground.

Nicky has been trying,maybe why hes looking worn out. It seems like a tough go to sign up for more of the same,maybe he knows something we dont.

Id like to see Nicky come back and run some Mile races,hes real good on dirt as well.
I'd like to see Nicky come back and race the mile also , it would give flat track a much needed boost.

I can't imagine how Nicky feels seeing Vale up front after beating/outqualifying him several times last year. It must be heartbreaking. I'm sure he sees the writing on the wall hopefully Ducati will give him a competitive bike in WSBK next year he's earned it.
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Old 04-09-2013, 09:49 AM   #258
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I'd like to see Nicky come back and race the mile also , it would give flat track a much needed boost.

I can't imagine how Nicky feels seeing Vale up front after beating/outqualifying him several times last year. It must be heartbreaking. I'm sure he sees the writing on the wall hopefully Ducati will give him a competitive bike in WSBK next year he's earned it.
He's the fastest and most popular American in MotoGP and with at least 2 US rounds for the foreseeable future I think Dorna would not be happy for him to leave the series so, I think they'd tried to facilitate him finding a motogp seat. The only seat that appears suitable would be the 2nd Tech3 bike. I thought it was curious that NH didn't pick back up his redbull sponsorship with the departure of VR.
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:13 AM   #259
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1. Pedrosa can win battles.
2. Ducati sales continue to climb in North America the last few years despite the GP performances.
Unless there's a big sponsorship then I don't see Hayden returning to flat track to win a few thousand $$ here and there. It would be great for the sport though; maybe get some TV happening. I saw him ride a Duc around the mile and it was wicked. A big Ducati rig and team ala Chris Carr with 'The Kentucky Kid' on the side of the truck would be sweet!
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Old 04-09-2013, 10:48 AM   #260
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nicky will do the mile for free when he is done in GP. He wants to win a mile for bragging rights since he never has.

That and he would be in the grandslam club.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #261
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nicky will do the mile for free when he is done in GP. He wants to win a mile for bragging rights since he never has.

That and he would be in the grandslam club.
I hope this is true.

I like to think that if I were in his shoes that I would, but who knows how appealing it will really be after a long road racing career...
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:41 AM   #262
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:48 AM   #263
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It was kind of Yamaha to put Lorenzo in the foreground.

Look at all the chatter in this thread. Did someone new win a race?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:50 AM   #264
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It was kind of Yamaha to put Lorenzo in the foreground.

Look at all the chatter in this thread. Did someone new win a race?
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:50 AM   #265
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It was kind of Yamaha to put Lorenzo in the foreground.
I was trying to figure out how to make that point.


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Look at all the chatter in this thread. Did someone new win a race?
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Old 04-09-2013, 12:49 PM   #266
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It was kind of Yamaha to put Lorenzo in the foreground.

Look at all the chatter in this thread. Did someone new win a race?

Just the race for 2nd. Didn't you hear the whole crowd cheering for Vale at the end?
That must be at least a little tough for JLo to swallow.


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The Ducati mid-season turnaround thing we've heard before. Would be nice to see but I suspect is just Ducatiphile wishful thinking!

This is the First Ducati turnaround with the might of the Fatherland behind it. I think there is extra value in that.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:01 PM   #267
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1. Pedrosa can win battles.
2. Ducati sales continue to climb in North America the last few years despite the GP performances.
Unless there's a big sponsorship then I don't see Hayden returning to flat track to win a few thousand $$ here and there. It would be great for the sport though; maybe get some TV happening. I saw him ride a Duc around the mile and it was wicked. A big Ducati rig and team ala Chris Carr with 'The Kentucky Kid' on the side of the truck would be sweet!
Yeah I can see that,Bryan Smith with a factory Kawasaki semi,Nicky with full Ducati backing,Harley rolling out a 5 man factory team like back in the day,and all racing for a couple thousand dollars at an old horse track.

Uhhhh,maybe not.
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Old 04-09-2013, 01:04 PM   #268
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Just the race for 2nd. Didn't you hear the whole crowd cheering for Vale at the end?
That must be at least a little tough for JLo to swallow.





This is the First Ducati turnaround with the might of the Fatherland behind it. I think there is extra value in that.
Audi should get Moto-Gp figured out in no time..........Ducati has had how many winning bikes in road racing?
A lot.
And how many years have they struggled with this current package?
A lot. Maybe time for some seriously fresh thinking.
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Just the race for 2nd. Didn't you hear the whole crowd cheering for Vale at the end?
That must be at least a little tough for JLo to swallow.
Yes, it must. Valentino is already in his head. Oh well. Jorge is a winner, no doubt, a champion, too, but to be CHAMPION, he has to be really great this year.
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Yes, it must. Valentino is already in his head. Oh well. Jorge is a winner, no doubt, a champion, too, but to be CHAMPION, he has to be really great this year.
He will be.
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