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2007 was a new platform which happened to gel perfectly with the Bridgestone tires. Ducati's screamer engine was amazing as well. Casey was out to prove he deserved that factory ride with a fire in his belly. The planets were aligned for him & Ducati. Once we had the control tires, which needed to perform over a wider range of platforms, the Japanese manufacturers, with their greater R&D budgets, made their machines more adapted to the situation. Ducati are a much smaller operation than the other 2 still participating. Until we bring back the tire wars, nothing will change. That's unless Ducati kidnap some Japanese engineers. Still, I wish them the best & hope Audi is willing to give a few years trying before pulling the plug.