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 3:52 PM
Last Edited 926 days ago

Without looking at the results my guess would be Cal. I'd guess if they're offering enough he be the front runner. Can't see Yamaha creating a 3rd factory bike for him but don't kid yourself he's getting near factory bike now. However, I thing a young guy either from Moto2 or Espagero who JoeBlow kiddingly noted would be good not because of his knowledge of fighting CRT riders but because he's shown some speed. But if he's smart he'd go after a Honda or Yamaha engined bike.


August 01, 2013 4:00 PM

@ Balance. You my friend are the perfect MotoGP fan in the current era. you don't question too much or think for yourself, and accept whatever the movers and shakers in MotoGP want you to. Even better, you then go and do their job for them, and try to convince everyone else with somewhat flawed (I'm being kind) logic.

You keep on believing, and writing novels Vilas. Maybe the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus are real too!

Its far easier to make out like I'm some kind of crank for some of the things I come out with than to actually think about what I'm saying, look for the evidence to support it and think for yourself though, isn't it?


August 01, 2013 4:13 PM

@ Diceman

Yes, if we ignore (difficult for me I admit, and they ARE hugely relevant to his decision for sure) the politics, then yes on paper the Ducati is a worse choice than a Tech 3 Yamaha.

However... as CC has said - on the sat bike a rider is always going to be at best No3 on the list for upgrades and development, and won't have the infrastructure support and personnel resources of a factory pilot.

At least on a factory Ducati he's front line and can at least ask for stuff, and get to test developments and strategies & have some input into the direction. Plus he'll KNOW that his team are working 100% to get him as far and as fast as they can - he'll be a priority - which a satellite rider will never be.

So, as a strategy and a gamble, it is one that is logical and makes sense IMO.


August 01, 2013 4:20 PM

Back to the hugely entertaining 'Balance' for a moment.... a quote: "Dorna try to keep a good balance to have a competitive Grid to give us a good show.. "

And we are supposed to take your posts seriously Vilas me old mate? MotoGP has (maybe) 4 truly competitive bikes, then a group of spread-out satellite and Ducati's, and a spread-out field of privateer teams using totally different and hugely disadvantaged equipment.

'Competitive grid'! 'a good show'!



August 01, 2013 4:28 PM

BBC Sport are announcing it as a done deal with Cal. 2-yr deal.

No surprise really, given the lack of serious options at other teams.

I just hope that Ducati are willing to look seriously at the design of their bike rather than simply throwing riders at it in the hope one will miraculously gel with it.


August 01, 2013 4:33 PM


Do you think that Honda or Yamaha are beeing unfair with the other riders? i mean if they where a bunch of sht they would not even worrire about the grid, Dorna is who have to worrie about.. Honda has Gresini and LCR, both capable of beat Ducati including upset Top riders, Yamahaa has the Tech 3, i mean this bikes are almost Factorys, if you considerer that the Factorys have to most talente riders you will understand that they have to be better end of story.. Honda and Yamaha are one more time ready to help dorna to allways keep motogp alive, but 4sure they will not be stupid enaught to let other TEAMS that ride Honda or Yamaha to be better then the Facotry TEAM that BUILD thi bikes and Worck for the manufacter.. Like i had says on the hold post, the true Probleme is that No one Can chanllage Honda or Yamaha, if Not how will they survive at Motogp? Teams need sponsers who will whant to be with Suzuki or Ducati or kawasaki if the story is always the same.. For that is better

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