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Old 07-18-2013, 03:05 PM   #3286
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So I am reading that if Crutchlow doesn't take the Ducati seat, he will take the LCR seat and Bradl will go to Ducati. Stefan Bradl all but said as much.

I wonder if he would take the factory team seat or if they would bump Ben up to that seat?
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:14 PM   #3287
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Marlboro has told Ducati to get their shit together or they are outta there.

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The departure of Filippo Preziosi, in fact, has not solved any of the problems left on the plate from the management, indeed.
http://www.gpone.com/en/201307181088...a-rischio.html
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:16 PM   #3288
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Old 07-18-2013, 03:17 PM   #3289
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Glad to see Nicky have a chance to ride something competitive somewhere. Yeah MotoGP is great but riding a bike like that for years has got to get old. Stoner could win races on the big Ducati but not championships. I would love to see him racing in WSB. I think he would have a lot more fun!
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Old 07-18-2013, 04:46 PM   #3290
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Not sure if I am reading this translation correctly, but it seems to say Yamaha will supply complete bikes to Forward Racing and they will use 12 engines with 24 liters of fuel for using the spec software, basically what Ducati has proposed doing. Plots thicken.

http://www.gpone.com/en/201307181088...a-rischio.html
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:02 PM   #3291
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He might not need that great of a bike.

This seems to be taken as an article of faith, but he only landed on the podium three times in his last 2 years on a Honda.

And the level of competition has not declined.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #3292
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Stoner could win races on the big Ducati but not championships.
Err, where were you in 2007 ???????
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #3293
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This seems to be taken as an article of faith, but he only landed on the podium three times in his last 2 years on a Honda.

And the level of competition has not declined.
I am only asking for him to beat the Ducati.

Seems a Kawasaki CRT or an Aprilia ART are capable of that at the moment.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:42 PM   #3294
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Any of the aliens could have won on the Duc in 2007...
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:34 PM   #3295
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If Nicky has any chance at all with the Gresini bike it certainly didn't show in today's press conference. He seemed pretty resigned to WSBK.

Interesting that Cal was not part of the group to make the annual visit to Yamaha HQ prior to Laguna Seca.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:37 PM   #3296
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Err, where were you in 2007 ???????
Right, you beat me to it.
Hayden is Hayden, great rider wrong team. 07' was a perfect combination of talent, tires and a lot of power in that order.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:41 PM   #3297
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If Nicky can get some sort of decent ride somewhere else, even WSB, this is a blessing in disguise, IMO. Ducati has become a MotoGP career dead end, if I was Crutchlow I wouldn't even think about going there. If things keep going they way they're going he'd be better off on a CRT next year. Or WSB.
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Old 07-18-2013, 09:26 PM   #3298
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I think that opting to ride the Ducati at this point is more about how much money they are willing to shovel at you to throw a leg over the thing than it is about fighting for a win. CC is a good racer, but he also knows that that if he wants to make some real money it has to be on a factory bike.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:06 PM   #3299
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Only interesting thing at Ducati is the money, then maybe a factory status. I'm thinking money would be tighter in the future if talks about sponsors quitting are true. Also factory status is questionable when ART bikes keeps beating them every now and then. So what's left then? Not much for an older dude who still some gas left in the tank for his career.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:44 AM   #3300
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I'm thinking money would be tighter in the future if talks about sponsors quitting are true. Also factory status is questionable when ART bikes keeps beating them every now and then.
Im actually surprised that Marlboro stayed after the Rossi fiasco.

And if theyve now finally had enough, and pull the plug, will Ducati stay in MotoGP at all? Do they REALLY feel they HAVE to be there (how were their bike sales doing before 2003, when they came back to MotoGP after a long absence)? Im not convinced they are gonna keep banging their heads into the wall with the nail they are unable to fix.
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