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Old 01-29-2014, 11:45 PM   #646
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So is it official? Ducati is going to be running in the "Open" class?

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/01/29/ducati-set-to-shake-up-motogp-with-new-open-strategy/
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Old 01-30-2014, 01:09 AM   #647
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So is it official? Ducati is going to be running in the "Open" class?

http://www.cycleworld.com/2014/01/29/ducati-set-to-shake-up-motogp-with-new-open-strategy/
I believe they announced only one of the four bikes will be open.
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Old 01-30-2014, 08:29 AM   #648
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Very true. This will be Dani's 8th year with Repsol and the big bikes, cant recall the last time Repsol stuck with someone for that long that didn't produce a World Championship.
but... (split for emphasis)....

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Everyone that has been Dani's teammate (excluding Dovi) has won a title on the same bike he was on.
Maybe Dani does produce World Championships...just not for himself.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:27 AM   #649
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I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am gonna be pissed if the Aprilla guy, did turn around the turnip truck, and it will actually be a competitive bike....especially with Nicky gone.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:32 AM   #650
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I believe they announced only one of the four bikes will be open.
Correct, and they have until Feb 28th to make their decision on the factory team. I would put money on them going Open.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:33 AM   #651
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No Repsol sponsorship carrying the team without Dani. Until Marquez. In the meantime, Dani is far and away the third best rider in the world, at the very least. He produces race wins and challenges for the Championship every year.

There is no one better to replace him with
This. It's not the bike that's fast, it's Pedrosa.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:34 AM   #652
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I don't know about anyone else, but I for one am gonna be pissed if the Aprilla guy, did turn around the turnip truck, and it will actually be a competitive bike....especially with Nicky gone.
I'm all for (almost) anything that will allow there to be someone outside of the normal 3 guys competing for a win.
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:41 AM   #653
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Correct, and they have until Feb 28th to make their decision on the factory team. I would put money on them going Open.
Looking at Carmelo's long range plans for the rules, plus the state of the current Duc, I'd make that bet too.

Being the first one to get the new rules right paid off once already...
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Old 01-30-2014, 10:42 AM   #654
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I'm all for (almost) anything that will allow there to be someone outside of the normal 3 guys competing for a win.
Only thing I can see is that if the new tire fucks up the handling of the factory bikes, you might see someone else on the podium. Good luck with odds on that one.
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:10 AM   #655
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This. It's not the bike that's fast, it's Pedrosa.
The Repsol isnt fast? The M1 must be a real slug then
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Old 01-30-2014, 11:26 AM   #656
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Anyone wanna get into COTA MotoGP for free? Well, sorta free....click this link: circuitoftheamericas.com/volunteers-motogp.

The track needs flag marshals and corner workers. Anyone here at ADV is deemed highly qualified. If you have any questions, rattle my cage.
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:47 PM   #657
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Correct, and they have until Feb 28th to make their decision on the factory team. I would put money on them going Open.
+1 Especially if they can't make the finish with the factory fuel load!?
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Old 01-30-2014, 12:54 PM   #658
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The Repsol isnt fast? The M1 must be a real slug then
Outside of Lorenzo, look where the rest are.
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If the Repsol isn't fast then what do you consider fast?
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If the Repsol isn't fast then what do you consider fast?

OK, for the comprehensive challenged I believe he was saying that the the Honda RC is not flattering Pedrosa.
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