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Old 10-14-2013, 02:08 PM   #4951
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Unless Ducati can make some significant gains by next year there is a very real chance that their results are going to be much worse next year. Right now they are usually finishing last of the prototypes or thereabouts. Next year they will also very likely have the prody bikes in front of them on many occasions if we assume the prody bikes are faster than the current CRT bikes which I think most would assume. So Dovi's 7th or 8th place finishes may turn into 10 or 11th place.
I would be surprised if Ducati doesn't make SOME sort of improvements in the short term. Dovi finished 45 seconds down at Malaysia! Even if they found a full second per lap at this particular track, they would still be 25 seconds (or more) behind over race distance.

I think the new bikes have the potential to make things very, very interesting. I hope that is so, and I look forward to watching.
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Old 10-14-2013, 02:15 PM   #4952
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You don't think that two titles and entertaining millions with some pretty breathtaking riding - including playing his part in one of the most memorable battles in MotoGP history - is giving back to the industry?

He gave us a great show.

He said if they want to fill the grids with shit other than the best machinery he was going to quit.

He quit.

Hope he does well in racing phone booths or fishing or whatever the fuck he wants to spend his millions on.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:19 PM   #4953
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He said if they want to fill the grids with shit other than the best machinery he was going to quit.

He quit.
What's a little peculiar about that as a "reason" is that he wasn't being asked to ride anything other than a factory prototype, and the CRT experiment was temporary.

He strung some words together, but they didn't explain anything.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:28 PM   #4954
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What's a little peculiar about that as a "reason" is that he wasn't being asked to ride anything other than a factory prototype, and the CRT experiment was temporary.

He strung some words together, but they didn't explain anything.

I believe the prototypes will be gone within a few years.
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Old 10-14-2013, 03:34 PM   #4955
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If it happens it will be because of Europe's financial slump, Spain's in particular. To object to that is like objecting that water's wet.

You race with the equipment you have, not the equipment you wish you had.
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Old 10-14-2013, 05:50 PM   #4956
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All Ducatay has to do is buy a coupla those hondaze,paint-em red and re-badge them problem solved...maybe then stonah would come back...jus sayin...
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:42 PM   #4957
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Where is Hector Barbera going for 2014? Does anybody want him?
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:48 PM   #4958
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Where is Hector Barbera going for 2014? Does anybody want him?
I think he's got a little bit of anger management class time to deal with.
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Old 10-14-2013, 08:56 PM   #4959
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Look at the opportunity it gave him.
Gave? He took everything he has, like any other racer. Then he decided to bugger off.

Back to Oprah . . .
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:02 PM   #4960
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You don't think that two titles and entertaining millions with some pretty breathtaking riding - including playing his part in one of the most memorable battles in MotoGP history - is giving back to the industry?
You make that sound one-sided. The fans allowed him to ride the fastest bikes and earn the top loot. He thought he was being paid to ride and was miffed when he found out that he was being paid to entertain. He took the money but many in the paying crowd obviously feel dissed over it. So he's taking a few slings and arrows from the cheap seats.

There are plenty that come and go, but if you want to be special you have to do something more than just be fast. Edwards will be warmly remembered after Stoner is forgotten - and he has no MGP victories at all.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:02 PM   #4961
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Where is Hector Barbera going for 2014? Does anybody want him?
A few weeks ago there was a rumor going around he'd be in WSBK for '14, although I never heard what team he'd be on. Haven't heard anything else about it.
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Old 10-14-2013, 09:08 PM   #4962
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Aprilia in trouble

Soup:
And now we know why Piaggio didn't want to open its wallet: Times are tight for the company, especially Aprilia.
Aprilia stopped production for the rest of October at a plant in Scorze, Italy, near Venice, putting 360 workers on furlough...



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Old 10-14-2013, 11:48 PM   #4963
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To get this thread back on track and off the Casey Stoner freight train, here's a few questions:

What predictions do you have on how well Salom and Vinales will go in Moto2 next year and why?

And how about Jack Miller on the KTM next year, any thoughts?

Will Honda do what they are thinking of doing and throw the door open on some horsepower to really challenge KTM for supremacy?

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Old 10-15-2013, 04:03 AM   #4964
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To get this thread back on track and off the Casey Stoner freight train, here's a few questions:

What predictions do you have on how well Salom and Vinales will go in Moto2 next year and why?
Train wreck. Two riders who need special management to calm them down, and who won't get it in the Pons team. Plus, moving up to Moto2 is a big step, not easy.

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And how about Jack Miller on the KTM next year, any thoughts?
Championship will be between him and Alex Rins. Miller is the best Australian rider to come along since Stoner, but it's way too early to be making predictions as to how he stacks up with him. I believe he is an exceptionally good rider, and if he can hang with Rins next year, he'll do fine in MotoGP.

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Will Honda do what they are thinking of doing and throw the door open on some horsepower to really challenge KTM for supremacy?

Yes. Bike is being built, Rins and Marquez on that Honda in Moto3 next year.
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Old 10-15-2013, 04:21 AM   #4965
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Yes. Bike is being built, Rins and Marquez on that Honda in Moto3 next year.
Yes , fingers crossed that Honda don't build a Rocket , after Jack has jumped to KTM next year
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