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Old 10-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #4891
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Nicky explains the status with both him and the Aspar Team since Gigi Dall'Igna announced his departure from Aprilia.

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/196...departure.html

Good grief. High drama stuff.
Nicky still has good options. I say he's a pro and should go wherever the biggest $$$ are. Aprilia ought to offer him the import distributorship for the eastern U.S..

VW/ Audi booting that goddam Gobmaier not only out of Ducati but out of motorcycles entirely, with Dall'Igna not coming over until he had the power to clean house entirely, is a move I applaud.
After VW put Gobmaier in charge Ducati went backwards, can Dall'Igna really be a new Burgess, or Kanemoto? Will he be as hilarious on camera as Nakamoto?
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:29 PM   #4892
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Of all time!? Wikipedia has him at #32. He only won 2 championships. Yeah he was great to watch but he didn't leave much of a legacy.
Legacy? He won Ducati's first top class GP championship. That alone is more legacy than many have left behind. And to do it in the Rossi era makes it that much more. Scwantz only won one championship, if that's your only criteria. Does he have legacy enough for you?
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:58 PM   #4893
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Looks like Aspar will go with Honda.

http://www.gpone.com/en/201310131183...lla-Honda.html
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:05 PM   #4894
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:28 PM   #4895
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Legacy? He won Ducati's first top class GP championship. That alone is more legacy than many have left behind. And to do it in the Rossi era makes it that much more. Scwantz only won one championship, if that's your only criteria. Does he have legacy enough for you?
Wikipedia ranks Schwantz below Stoner. Feel better? But since you bring up Schwantz he stuck around as an active racer in the top tier for 10 years. He didn't quit. Kevin has also given a lot back to the racing community and done more to cement his legacy since he left.

Casey will be remembered more for quitting and what ifs rather than what he did with Ducati.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:34 PM   #4896
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Casey will be remembered more for quitting ...
Only by his detractors. Many think he was an absolute phenom. Even his mortal enemy Rossi says Stoner raised the stakes in the game.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:39 PM   #4897
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Looks like Aspar will go with Honda.

http://www.gpone.com/en/201310131183...lla-Honda.html
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:42 PM   #4898
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Shame it's not Beaubier.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:43 PM   #4899
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Only by his detractors. Many think he was an absolute phenom. Even his mortal enemy Rossi says Stoner raised the stakes in the game.
Even his detractors have to admit he was Above and Beyond.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:47 PM   #4900
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Even his detractors have to admit he was Above and Beyond.
He finished 3rd in his last season.

Most successful rider of 800 era? Sure. Shoo-in for every championship if he hadn't retired? No.

If that makes me a detractor, I wonder whether Stoner's fans are a touch sensitive.
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Old 10-13-2013, 01:59 PM   #4901
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Shame it's not Beaubier.
I completely agree, but am surprise you even know of him.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:04 PM   #4902
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I completely agree, but am surprise you even know of him.
Watched him in the Rookies, and I have my sources in the AMA.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:10 PM   #4903
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Watched him in the Rookies, and I have my sources in the AMA.
Are your "sources" mentioning any other up and coming riders coming out of AMA?
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:15 PM   #4904
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Shame it's not Beaubier.
+1. But I'm still happy for Herrin.
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Old 10-13-2013, 02:15 PM   #4905
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Are your "sources" mentioning any other up and coming riders coming out of AMA?
My sources bemoan the lack of opportunities for US riders, and their focus on the AMA rather than Grand Prix.

Names I hear a lot: Joe Roberts, Cameron Beaubier, Jake Gagne, JD Beach.

Shame Josh Hayes won't come to WSBK, he'd be a genuine contender.
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