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Old 07-17-2013, 11:18 AM   #3241
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@calcrutchlow told me on Thursday about Tech 3 future: "They have Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith signed for next year, so where do I ride?"
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When I talked to @calcrutchlow on Thursday he said " but who's to say I won't ride for Honda?" - Couldn't see than happening then. Can now
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:23 AM   #3242
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I want to see Bradl and Bautista succeed but I just don't see it happening. Maybe they'll both be moved aside for Nicky and Cal? I'm going to dream.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #3243
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I want to see Bradl and Bautista succeed but I just don't see it happening. Maybe they'll both be moved aside for Nicky and Cal? I'm going to dream.
They (B and B) could be demoted to Honda supplied production 213s, maybe?

I am quite curious to see how the production racer goes.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:31 AM   #3244
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They B and B) could be demoted to Honda supplied production 213s, maybe?

I am quite curious to see how the production racer goes.
I would rather see that happen over NH going to WSBK or Cal going to Ducati. Cal needs to be on a factory ride at this point. As for Nicky, I would really like to see what he could do on a decent bike for a change. The last time he was on one his results were a hell of a lot better.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:38 AM   #3245
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I want to see Bautista succeed .
Why?
The Suzuki made him look good because a lot of people thought the bike was a POS and he was doing something extraordinary on that bike when in fact the bike wasn't half bad as proved and stated by Hopper. Not that I wish the guy to be jobless but there are others more deserving of that seat.

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Old 07-17-2013, 11:51 AM   #3246
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Why?
The Suzuki made him look good because a lot of people thought the bike was a POS and he was doing something extraordinary on that bike when in fact the bike wasn't have bad as proved and stated by Hopper. Not that I wish the guy to be jobless but there are others more deserving of that seat.
Truth. I can see CC doing much much more with bautista's bike. I'm still unsure of Bradl and even Bradley Smith but will see for next year.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:52 AM   #3247
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When is Hopkins coming back? If ever.
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Old 07-17-2013, 11:56 AM   #3248
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When is Hopkins coming back? If ever.
Who?

I wouldn't expect him back in Moto GP. Maybe AMA/DMG if he is lucky.

He is currently occupied with having re-married his ex-wife and having their first child.

Would be nice to see him healthy and able to ride again, but his best days are long behind him (IMHO).
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #3249
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Who?

I wouldn't expect him back in Moto GP. Maybe AMA/DMG if he is lucky.

He is currently occupied with having re-married his ex-wife and having their first child.

Would be nice to see him healthy and able to ride again, but his best days are long behind him (IMHO).
He had that great BSB season a few years back and then was hampered by some serious injuries in WSBK. I bet he still has something left.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:18 PM   #3250
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He had that great BSB season a few years back and then was hampered by some serious injuries in WSBK. I bet he still has something left.
He's pretty beat up. In fact so is Ben Spies, who battled with Hopper in Aprilia Cup. I hope Ben can come back, but I'd like to see Hopper retire.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:20 PM   #3251
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Krop has some interesting reading here. Must've just been published. NH to and CC to Honda?

http://www.motomatters.com/analysis/...tellite_h.html
HRC's timing with Bradl couldn't have been worse. Bradl, as the sole German rider brings revenue streams that no other rider can. Perhaps an Audi owned enterprise would find synergy with Bradl? I don't really want to see Dovi and Cal on the same team again.


A couple of the most secure seats could unexpectedly open up this weekend as career ending injuries are a greater possibility.
Let's hope not.

Bringing Brad Smith to Tech 3 is a head scratcher. Maybe, they knew they were going to lose another Brit revenue stream soon?

Certainly, the fates of Cal and Nicky are more important to me than those of Pol, Bautista and Smith.
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Old 07-17-2013, 12:41 PM   #3252
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I agree with my correction.

There is plenty of time for WSBK. And he can always resume his relationship and legacy with Ducati. But finishing way down field on a steaming pile of a bike isn't much of a legacy. Shame on Ducati.

I think the best laps Hayden has put in on a Ducati were on the Ducati flat tracker at Indy a few years ago.
Yes that was what I meant. Just that he'd be contesting in the top 4 or 5! And yea seeing him at the Mile was a great bonus to my holiday weekend in Indianapolis!
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:14 PM   #3253
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A couple of the most secure seats could unexpectedly open up this weekend as career ending injuries are a greater possibility.
Let's hope not.
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"Finally we have decided to go to Laguna Seca. Following the final medical check and after speaking with Doctor Rodrguez we are going to try. At the beginning I seriously thought that it might have been convenient to take the necessary time to recover and be back at Indy but in the last two days I have felt much better so now I want to be there, although I will try to not take too many risks.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:39 PM   #3254
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People are too quick to write off Smith and forget what a mediocre rookie season Cal had. Smith is pretty much where Cal was.
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Old 07-17-2013, 01:52 PM   #3255
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People are too quick to write off Smith and forget what a mediocre rookie season Cal had. Smith is pretty much where Cal was.
Completely agree. I've kept quiet on the subject for this reason. You do have to remember the trouble those tech 3 bikes were having with the front end his first year though, even Edwards had a hard time. Nonetheless, Smith is showing well and consistently.
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