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Old 10-26-2013, 02:29 AM   #5146
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Wow. Ducati has been a rough place for careers lately. Good luck Cal.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:34 AM   #5147
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Wow. Ducati has been a rough place for careers lately.
If you call two races a career...
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:44 AM   #5148
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Can't help with video , but can offer a pic


Thanks Scott!

I am surprised that more wasn't made of the occasion, like KR's laps.
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Old 10-26-2013, 03:57 AM   #5149
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And your 2013 MotoGP champion is:



http://lazonasucia.wordpress.com/201...to-de-marquez/

Repsol getting ahead of themselves. Might have been classier if they had waited until he'd actually won the championship before publishing it....
Obviously they didn't want it released but standard practice to setup the page, print the t-shirts, etc. Someone made a boo-boo and released the link to the pic. I worked for a company and there were three riders going into the final race with a chance for the championship. We printed up shirts for the two who used our products. One of them won and the other one's shirts became shop rags.
There is a joke (or maybe truth) that the team who loses the world series/superbowl/etc. sends their "championship winning" tshirts to third world countries and when the children emigrate to the U.S. they are confused on who won.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:11 AM   #5150
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Spies "retirement" is official.
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:18 AM   #5151
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Yep
http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2013/s...his+retirement

sad but true
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:22 AM   #5152
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Vitto Guareschi will be leaving Ducati at the end of the season to run the new VR46 Team next year.

http://www.gpone.com/2013102612029/G...gn=gponedotcom
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Old 10-26-2013, 04:40 AM   #5153
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Spies "retirement" is official.
Damn, that is sad. I hope he takes some time to heal completely then comes back with Suzuki in MotoGP or a team in WSBK, if possible.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:08 AM   #5154
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I doubt he will return, don't think his heart is in it anymore. besides, for most, taking time off just lets the others get faster. It's not just physical condition, lots of mental conditioning also.
if he couldn't do it that first year on the factory yami, he'll never be able to do it. Yes, the 2nd year was plagued with bad luck, some things were out of his control. Don't know where his mojo went, but he just seemed to continue on a downward spiral, riding the ducati put the last nail in the coffin.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:32 AM   #5155
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Don't know where his mojo went,
It is hard to do much with 2 severely broken shoulders.
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Old 10-26-2013, 05:58 AM   #5156
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On MotoGP the day of the Australian race they ran the Laps of Honor first some young people spread out a huge Australian flag then Gardner and his sons did a lap then then Gardner, Doohan, and Stoner did two laps Doohan reached over and hit Stoners kill switch at one point during the lap and it looked like everyone took the lead entering the curve named for them was quite a tribute.
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #5157
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Cycle World interview with Spies on his retirement. Good read.

http://www.cycleworld.com/2013/10/26...src=SOC&dom=tw
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:16 AM   #5158
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Well, I guess that seals it, he is done. He developed an impressive resume, I wish him well and hope he attends some of the races in the future.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:53 AM   #5159
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Well, I guess that seals it, he is done. He developed an impressive resume, I wish him well and hope he attends some of the races in the future.
I really liked his commentary. Perhaps we will see/hear him at the US races, anyway
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Old 10-26-2013, 12:56 PM   #5160
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I really liked his commentary. Perhaps we will see/hear him at the US races, anyway
He would be great on commenting the races on Fox Sports
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