Valentino Rossi’s Ranch could be at the centre of a legal dispute after neighbours complained about the level of noise coming from the MotoGP rider's track. VR46 CEO, Albi Tebaldi, said: “The technical process for construction was complex, we complied with all requests and passed every type of assessment. Before the workouts we check the motion and two fixed sound level meters detect the noise thresholds." - Gazzetta

Jorge Lorenzo’s chief of mechanics, Christian Gabarrini, has explained that if the Ducati rider was to replicate this season's results in 2018 it "would be unacceptable”. In regards to Lorenzo’s improvements for next season, Gabarrini said: “Jorge has been able to adapt his style to take advantage of the strengths of the new bike, he put a lot of effort into doing things that do not come naturally to be fast." - AS

Cal Crutchlow’s decision to leave the Ducati factory team in 2015 for LCR Honda has come under recent criticism after Ducati’s involvement in the title stand-off this year. Crutchlow has since revealed his reason for leaving by stating: “Andrea Iannone already had a works contract and Andrea Dovizioso too. Even if I had won the World Cup, I would have been kicked out”, the Briton went on to add: “that was the reason and not because I did not know what they were capable of. It was only a matter of time before they came back to the top" - Speed Week


Jorge Lorenzo has identified former Aprilia rider Alex Debon as a potential coach for next season. The compatriots are long-term friends and Jorge has reportedly named the winner of two 250cc Grand Prix’s as an option. - GP One


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Triple MGP champion Lorenzo needs a coach ?

Lorenzo knows what needs to be done, 2017 was full of progress with a few near race winning performances towards the end of the season. Misano and Sepang being the main 2. 

2018 bodes well for him.

You can never anticipate the next season based on the results or performance of the previous one. All the cards will again be redistributed, new chassis, new engines, new pilots, long term competing factories eager to continue or get back to the top, new angry hungry factories looking for victories, new rookie pilots and not so rookie dreaming to be fighting their way to the apex. And what to say or think about 2018 Michelin tires? they are still looking to erode the still standing Bridgestone records, and for that, they need to continuously improve and bring changes. Now that Dovi got a whiff of the title, he no longer can be considered the underdog, if he was ever.

Iannone got rid of his proeminent girl friend and seems to have gotten back what he needs to be a maniac on track again.

Maverick and Iceman will be there too.

Where will Jorge fit in that big puzzle? I am expecting he will probably be more consistant in terms of repeat performance. Will that be enough?

And we have many trump cards in that deck, new ones, and previous ones, such as Rins, Zarco, Folger, Morbidelli, Espargaro2...

Ducati will kick out Lorenzo by 2018 year's end. 

Typical Cal... always an excuse. Ducati often has more than 2 riders on works contracts.. Cal made a big mistake there, leaving before they came good. Now he's trying to cover it up saying it was the right move... typical Cal

You read that as Cal making excuses ? He says he was getting kicked out. Maybe the paragraph was too long.

Jl gave a very poor performance this year,vr got 2 more points than him in his first Ducati year on a very inferior bike.


Very true. VR would of possible taken the title this season if he had J LO's Ducati. Or if VR was back on the Repsol Factory Honda, now that would be interesting. 

But Yamaha will be back next season.

Flopsy was racing CRT bikes and only 4 or 5(Dovi Repsol) bikes on that grid were capable of reaching podium every week. Its not difficult to be the 5th or 6th factory bike behind these when the rest of the grid is piss poor satellite teams riding CRT production racers that were more than a second slower per lap finishing 40-60 seconds behind winners.

Rossi has finished multiple races 1 minute behind race winner on a Ducati and still finished 7th. Today you finish 30 seconds behind winner you're out of points in 20th.

Spec ECU has brought even satellite bikes closer to factory and there are 3 more factory teams(4 if you count Cal) to compete with and zero CRT machines.

Yes but other Ducati was not wining races. Jl did badly maybe he should listen to CS like Dovi did.