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donnybravo

July 11, 2013 2:23 PM

what can you say when the places to be fought are already locked...
unless we have a better Ducati, and Suzuki and hopefully Kawasaki on the grid... the only places worth fighting will be the 4 seats of the 2 factory teams, that has won 12 championships in the last 13 years, barring 2007 stoner win on a ducati...

we need more competitive teams here....so that all the deserving guys get an almost equal platform to prove who is the best, rather than a 2 horse race that we keep seeing each weekend, barring a wet race or some miracle.

IzoN

July 11, 2013 2:27 PM

Cal should stay put.. Under no circumstances should he go to Ducati.. It's a lose lose situation for him at Ducati.. One more year at Tech 3 won't harm considering their is no better seat at the moment.

Nicky can think of WSBK but again no way with Ducati.. With a good team Nicky can set WSBK on fire. Staying in MotoGP would mean one of the Yamaha powered privateers next year? Somehow I feel Ducati don't want him on that factory seat.

chris odonnell

July 11, 2013 2:36 PM

@IzoN

Do you have any idea of the difference between satellite and factory status?....About $2M a year plus a chance to develop the machine. If he is offered a Ducati factory ride GUARANTEED he will take it.

So here's my ideal scenario...

Hayden to SBK
Crutchlow to Ducati
Aleix Espargaro to Tech3

IzoN

July 11, 2013 3:19 PM

@ chris odonnell

I agree.. Any rider dreams to ride for a factory team. And God knows best Cal of all people deserves a good factory ride.

But is the Ducati a good factory ride? I don't think so. It is just my humble opinion but a lot of evidence supports it. No one has been anywhere close to the front on it in the past 2.5 years..

Thinking long term, is it good for Cal? Suppose it doesn't work out at Ducati, where does he go from there? Andrea has made the call and it don't look good for him does it? Who do we talk of more this year? Andrea or Cal?

A factory ride would be wonderful for Cal but not Ducati mate.. I would hate for him to not realise his potential. He has come too far to fade out now. That red devil is a career killer. We have seen it too many times in the past.

Strex

July 11, 2013 3:48 PM

I am not a Ducati fan but for the sake of the championship I want Audi to get the development right.
If Cal did sign for Ducati I believe the boys at Audi will be giving him assurances of better times to come.

Maybe we will see a breakthrough with Dovi this weekend!

HolyMoly

July 11, 2013 4:07 PM

am i missing something ?
2 factory yams - taken
2 tech 3 yams - taken ( Brad and Pol according to chit chat and cal himself )
So how is Cal still negotiating for a Yam , are they looking for a three bike team at tech 3 ?

Jim Clausen

July 11, 2013 4:15 PM

I not so certain of Ducati not being a championship contender in 2014. Audi has a recent tradition of producing winning race cars. Pretty much have dominated endurance prototype racing in the last thirteen or so years.

I really thought Lewis Hamilton's switch from McLaren to Mercedes was a mistake. I was dead wrong on that one. Everything thing is faster in racing, including turnarounds in development.

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