MotoGP » Poll: Who should get the Factory Ducati ride?

Who should take over Nicky Hayden's Factory Ducati for the 2014 MotoGP season?

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August 01, 2013 12:22 PM

@ Diceman

You still seem convinced its about talent, and ability alone that get you a competitive ride. Be nice if it was like that, but it isn't.
Recent events are making it very clear that Cal isn't going to get one of only 4 bikes (2 really IMO, and DP & MM have those) that have a chance of winning consistently. Not just Cal either, as 80% of the field are destined to ride hopelessly uncompetitive bikes, or bikes that SEEM fast enough (Sat bikes & future customer stuff), but are ultimately regulated and controlled by the Factory teams that are their rivals (so simply won't be allowed to beat them regularly).

Don't you get it? It's manipulated and therefore FAKE.

Cal CANNOT challenge for the WC, and he knows it. So he might as well not win and get paid handsomely for it, as not win and get paid a lot less.


August 01, 2013 12:43 PM


Factory contract, yes, and a pay hike, but no factory bike. I think that's the deal on the table.

@ Rhino

Cowell already has a Duc. Saw the thing up close - blingiest piece of kit ever. Every piece of go-faster kit imaginable bolted to it. Not sure if he actually rides it though.


August 01, 2013 12:45 PM

@ shpongled If your post is fact then it is interesting.

I wonder (expect actually) if Uncle Carmelo's hand is also in this?

I wouldn't be surprised if the recent injuries to half the field (the only 4 at the pointy end who can really race for the WC) didn't worry CE a bit. After all, where's the drama and 'the show' to milk for all its worth if 3 of his 4 stars got hurt next season?

Oh dear, that'd mean CE have one star hare racing away and no drama to sell with 3 crocked stars (well he could milk them a bit with human-interest and heroic ride stuff). It ought to be in CE's interests to have some stronger depth of field. After all, its not like the competitiveness of the bikes can't be adjusted to suit the storyline anyway, eh?

Jack Mordino

August 01, 2013 12:47 PM
Last Edited 919 days ago

Given the current situation I don't think there's any doubt that next year Cal will be riding Nicky's bike. I'm a bit sorry for him - now that Ducati is a known quantity about how difficult it is to be ridden Cal's choice now serves as a testament to his want for money or "status" instead of racing potential and results.


August 01, 2013 12:53 PM

@ Jack Mordino

Its unfair of you to state that CC lacks ambition or is just chasing money if he goes to Ducati, and that this is 'instead' of racing potential and results.

You are still working on the assumption that CC HAS the opportunity for results (as in a genuine shot at a WC) - which means a bike, team and support package that facilitates that.

CAL DOES NOT HAVE SUCH AN OFFER AVAILABLE TO HIM. If he knows he can't win cos he can't get equipment and support to give him a fair chance, then why SHOULDN'T the guy take the money and gamble that Ducati can turn it around and give him something to work with?

Honda and Yamaha AREN'T offering the money OR the equipment / support package. He'd be daft not to take the Ducati offer as it stands IMO

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