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Could the Ducati MotoGP team expand to three machines for 2015?

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LLarry

July 21, 2014 10:23 AM

rbr46: Cal's only staying to p*ss off the Ducati staff. It's already a known fact that #29 has newer spec parts on his bike.


It's a known fact? Evidence please.

I think Cal would be complaining bitterly and repeatedly if this was the case. After all, he would want to use this as an excuse as to why he is normally the slowest of the three factory riders.
I'm sure Ducati is offering the same parts to all three riders. Whether Cal wants to use all those parts is another matter entirely.

LLarry

July 21, 2014 9:04 AM

It's pretty clear that once Dovi had confirmed he was extending his contract, Ducati was hoping that Cal would not exercise his option and move on.
Fat chance - nobody else wants Cal and certainly nobody else would pay him €2m to whinge and moan his way through the season.
As Iannone is a Ducati rider with a factory contract and factory bike in the Pramac squad, couldn't Iannone & Crutchlow just swop places?

MotoMarc

July 21, 2014 7:24 PM

Ducati should not have extended Cal's contract for next year and just picked up Crazy Joe for two seasons on the factory team. Then they could have found a Moto2 replacement for Ianone's place on the satellite team.

cossiegaz

July 21, 2014 1:07 PM

Shrimpling:
TheLucaFormat: Cal has really ****ed his career up. Always saying he wanted a factory contract, which is fair enough but there's no point if the factory bike that he would end up riding would be slower than a satellite bike from another manufacturer, which lets face it, was always the case if it was a Ducrapi.


Cals mistake was only signing for 1 year with Tech 3 for 2013. All of the other good bikes had a rider on a contract until the end of 2014 meaning if he wanted to stay in MotoGP the only pace he could go after Tech 3 was Ducati.

He is going to have the same problem at the end of next season... All the other factory bikes will have riders on a 2 year contract and he will have nowhere to go.



And that's when Ducati will take their chance to get shot of him!

Tetley

July 24, 2014 4:37 PM

MotoMarc: if Cal had the contract for next year it makes sense why Ducati is considering a 3rd rider. In terms of Crazy I think the spec of his bike is already very close to that of the factory boys.

Gigi said before the season that all the Team and satellite Ducs would be factory spec, as that gave him 4 avenues of development. So I'd expect that CJ's bike is the same under the paintwork.
MotoMarc:I think Gigi will improve the bike for next season but they have such a big gap I'd expect a little improvement compared to their current race finishes but don't think they'll compete against the factory Yams or Hondas yet. 2016 rules should help teams like Ducati or Suzuki.

Everyone says it is the weight distribution which is handicapping the Ducati. If Gigi's more compact new engine solves that I'd expect much better results in 2015. 2016 should be even better, except for Dorna's habit of changing the rules just as the season starts.

MotoMarc

July 24, 2014 2:53 PM

Tetley and Jed thanks for the clarification. Thought it was upto Ducati but if Cal had the contract for next year and it was his choice to move to another team then it makes sense why Ducati is considering a 3rd rider for the factory team. In terms of Crazy Joe I think it would be good for him to be considered a factory team rider but I think the spec of his bike is already very close to that of the factory boys. While I'm sure his satellite team provides its data to Ducati having the rider on the factory probably makes that data collection quicker.

I think that Gigi will help improve the bike for next season but they have such a big gap I'd expect a little improvement compared to their current race finishes but don't think they'll compete against the factory Yams or Hondas yet. 2016 rules should help teams like Ducati or Suzuki.

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