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Old 08-02-2013, 12:21 PM   #76
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Crutchlow officially to Ducati for two years.

I hope jumping ship from a mostly competitive bike to the factory paycheck bike you've always wanted is worth it, Cal.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:31 PM   #77
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Maybe Ducati will be competitive next year?
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:59 AM   #78
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Ducati hasn't been competitive within recent years except for when Stoner was still on one. He could make that bike quick. No other ride as of late has been able to do the same, and I have my doubts that Crutchlow will either. I was enjoying seeing him make waves on the Tech 3; sad to see him leave.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:04 AM   #79
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Old 08-04-2013, 06:28 AM   #80
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Ducati hasn't been competitive within recent years except for when Stoner was still on one. He could make that bike quick.
People are so interesting. Across many boards and forums this scenario has played out. Stoner rode the Ducati to a championship while a who's who list of notable great riders did nothing with the same bike.

The truth of the matter is that in 2007, when Stoner won the championship on the Ducati….it was the first year of the 800cc era. The GP7 bike was much faster than all of the other competitors' engines. Ducati had an early start on the project…" according to Ducati's racing chief Filippo Preziosi, by August 2006 Ducati had already built twenty 800 cc engines with various specifications. In addition, an early version of the bike was track tested for the first time during early May 2006. Public testing with the bike began at the Brno Track, where Loris Capirossi had won the day before riding the GP6, on the 21st of August. Capirossi's lap times on the prototype GP7 were only 1.4 seconds off his track record time set on the 990 cc GP6.
… impressive stuff.
"Further testing of the GP7 in Motegi, Japan, revealed that the 800 cc machine could run faster laps than the higher-displacement 990 cc bikes, and held nearly a second advantage over the next fastest 800 cc bike, a Honda ridden by Dani Pedrosa.
MotoGP's 800 cc era officially began with the first race of the 2007 MotoGP season, at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar. Casey Stoner won the race on the new GP7. The bike had a clear top speed advantage over the rest of the grid, due to its higher output motor. A new track record was set on the GP7. Second place contender and five time former World champion, Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, complained that "unfortunately, there was too much difference between (our) bikes in the straight" and "Our Yamaha will never go as quick on a straight as the Ducati." These words turned out to be true, as the GP7 enjoyed a top speed advantage throughout the season, although the other manufacturers (Yamaha, Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki) closed the gap significantly by the end of the year. Stoner and his Bridgestone-shod Ducati proved to be the top combination in MotoGP and he won the world championship at Motegi, Japan, on September 23, 2007, four races before the end of the season."

Tires were another factor…Rossi and Yamaha were on different brand/spec tires. The Bridgestone was only available to a select few riders (notably Stoner).

Effectively, Ducati caught the Japanese giants sleeping. By the season's end, that gap closed considerably. Stoner is a demigod among riders. I give him full credit for his championships and ability….but he never achieved such high success with the Ducati after that.

Since that time, the Ducati has underwent change after change trying to find that magic combination again…all to no avail.

Great riders and engineers have failed time and again to get the thing working correctly again…again, all to no avail. Moved from a trellis frame to a carbon fiber frame to a traditional Japanese Twin Spar Aluminum frame….all the while CRT bikes are now handing them their ass week, in week out.

Dovisioso regularly was better than Cal on the same Tech 3 Yamaha last year….as good as Cal is….look where Divisioso is this season in comparison.

Great payday Cal….welcome to moving backwards on the grid. Better pray for rain every single round.

I hope someone picks up Hayden. He is much better than people give him credit for. I would love to see what he could do on a Tech 3 Yamaha or even an Aprilia CRT.
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Old 08-04-2013, 08:25 PM   #81
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Crutchlow officially to Ducati for two years.

I hope jumping ship from a mostly competitive bike to the factory paycheck bike you've always wanted is worth it, Cal.
I hope Crutchlow doesn't regret going to Ducati. IMO, it's better to be on a competitive proven bike than one that still needs to be sorted out.
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:59 AM   #82
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Dovisioso regularly was better than Cal on the same Tech 3 Yamaha last year.as good as Cal is.look where Divisioso is this season in comparison.

Great payday Cal.welcome to moving backwards on the grid. Better pray for rain every single round.
Also look at what Rossi has been able to achieve this year on the Yamaha. He's done more in half a season on the Yamaha than 2 years on the Duc.

I agree Hayden is better than people give him credit for. Rain is the great equalizer in all motorsports and Hayden always did well in the rain despite the crappy bike.
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Old 08-06-2013, 12:37 AM   #83
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The truth of the matter is...
Without requoting the entire thing, I'd like to say thank you. That was awesomely educational.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:26 PM   #84
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live in Indianapolis, and no ****ing word?
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:48 PM   #85
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Indy sucks, how's that? The track layout sucks, the asphalt sucks, and every year it turns into a crashfest where we count up the number of riders that get injured, and miss races afterwards.

That said, I bet being there is awesome. So take lots of pics and share them!
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:56 PM   #86
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nah, Im sitting in front of my tv in germany

and yes, its a Crash-GP
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #87
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nah, Im sitting in front of my tv in germany

and yes, its a Crash-GP
Omg what a finish by both Rossi and the duc riders. An exciting way to end a clean race.
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #88
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Ugh. Why does the coverage have to be dumbed down for American audiences? I can't express how much I hate Ralph Sheheen and Greg White. I don't mind Bob Varsha and I'm a fan of Scott Russell so I can tolerate his commentary, but the other two are ****ing worthless. They have been ruining motorcycle racing coverage for too many years now.

Really, Fox Sports? Did you really need to have Greg White explain the difference between a CBR1000 and a MotoGP prototype, and do it so piss-poorly? "The paint jobs are similar, but these bikes have a lot more horsepower and carbon fiber (wrong) brakes". Really, Greg? I'm enthralled! Do tell me more!

You guys have been trying to pull that 'extra information for the uneducated American viewer' crap for 20 years now. STOP DOING IT. For ****'s sake, if they aren't watching by now, they aren't going to!
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Old 08-18-2013, 04:42 PM   #89
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Omg what a finish by both Rossi and the duc riders. An exciting way to end a clean race.
Hayden's last-corner move was cheap. I'm glad Smith got by him at the line. I hope Dovi gave him an earful.
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Hayden's last-corner move was cheap. I'm glad Smith got by him at the line. I hope Dovi gave him an earful.
I was surprised a teammate would even try to do that. I'm sure the entire team reamed him for that stunt.
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I was surprised a teammate would even try to do that. I'm sure the entire team reamed him for that stunt.
Dovi did a similar move to Hayden a few races back. But I think these guys have an understanding, where this is just racing. They aren't pansies who complain about some contact...

edit: some more info. Summary: Hayden says it was his fault. Dovi says he is pissed, but considers it a racing incident and life goes on.
http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2013/H...stcorner+fight

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Old 08-26-2013, 10:11 AM   #92
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Moto3 at Brno, I lost count at how many time 1,2,3,4 positions changed.

Awesome race.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:25 AM   #93
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Marc Marquez is doing just amazing! Breaking records left and right.
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Hayden back on a Honda next year?!?! Looking forward to that! (even if it isn't for the factory team)
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:39 AM   #95
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Looks like the resurfaced Phillip Island is shredding their tires beyond anything they've seen within recent history. This mandatory bike swap is going to be iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinteresting.
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Fireworks….black flag ! This is BIG.
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