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 6:31 PM

All the traffic across Ducati seats is at least providing something useful.. So far, there hasn't been a massive difference in the relative performance of VR, AD, NH on that bike. Only CS was the anomaly - the super-fast freak if you like.

AD & CC spent a lot of time climbing all over each other at T3. NH competed with DP at Honda. And so on. Which all suggests that on equally competitive kit all these riders would be pretty competitive with one another - its pretty logical and hard to argue with (sanely - don't type Balance!).

Yet... there's been a gulf between these same pilots on different bikes to the point where some are heralded, and some are rubbished by the shouty and dim-witted.

It just proves to me just how Dorna have failed to do their job and maintain rules that maintain parity and competitiveness. Dorna's lost control, and is OWNED by HRC and Yamaha (mostly HRC) IMO.


August 01, 2013 6:36 PM

The above also means..... IF Dorna HAD done their job right, then the racing would be fantastic. On fairly equal bikes the racing between those mentioned (let alone JL and anyone else like maybe Espagaro and others) could be EPIC.

Instead, we get 4 fast bikes, and a procession down a fragmented field, and riders who just might be great being condemned to mediocrity and denied opportunity.

THESE are the reasons MotoGP's mess winds me up. I make no apology for bashing on about it - all fans should be incensed at being denied what MotoGP should be.


August 01, 2013 7:15 PM
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re: "If Cal is going for the money then good luck to him. I hope he remembers to ride within the bikes limits, we have enough riders injured."

no worries, he'll race around, push, spread the bike out on "yardsale" a few times and that'll pretty much be the end of it.

from then, he'll just ride around same as dovi and hayden. once he crosses the finish line, he'll run right to the pits, maybe throw a "high-5" or "chest-bump" to andrea, grab his smartphone, and log into his online banking app to check that the direct deposit hits. this will be his routine for the next 2-4 years.

watch, you will hear no further complaints about his kit or any of that. why...? 'cause whether or not duc-audi sorts the bike is their own affair. he doesn't give a rat's, the contract says they are to pay X$ on X date at regular intervals. life's good.

Jack Mordino

August 02, 2013 12:25 AM

TalentFan: Sorry for the late reply. Crutchlow did have the option to stay at Monster Yamaha with which he would arguably get much better results than with the Ducati. I mean, it would be impossible to get regular podiums with the Ducati, something which is a reality with the M. Yamaha. Poncharal himself conceded that he wanted Cal in the team but when asked to stay, he told them that he wouldn't be staying with them. So Poncharal went and signed another rider. It was Cal himself who closed the door behind him. If he were smart (and not "factory ideal" lured) he would remain for another year at M. Yamaha, try to keep his strong results and then take Rossi's place if he retires. If and only if Rossi remains at Yamaha should he search for a seat at Ducati, and that if Ducati shows convincing progress.


August 02, 2013 3:11 AM

When Ducati first started in MotoGP the package was half reasonable.. Capirex and Bayliss both put that bike on the podium.. Capirex had great great battles with Rossi on that bike.. Sepang.. Mugello.. Stoner came along and took that bike to a new level.. Everyone said it was the bike.. Since then what has it done?? How do you make a seven time world Champion average?? Add a Ducati... Dovi outperformed Cal last year.. Now he is average.. Think again Cal...


August 02, 2013 10:20 AM

@ Jack Mordino

Ok, so fast forward a year: Rossi and Lorenzo both re-sign for another 2 seasons with Yamaha, Dani re-signs for another year or 2 years at Repsol, with Marquez already secure there. Meanwhile the Ducati gig has gone to someone else. What does Crutchlow do then? He's all out of factory options. (Except for Suzuki, who aren't guaranteed to be any more competitive than Ducati).

Sometimes you have to take what's real and on the table, even if it's not perfectly ideal.

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