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Whoever said "timing is the issue" was right. Cal is on the market at a time when all the good seats are taken for 2014. BUT, remember that when the Ducati deal evaporated last year Cal was left without a ride and was lucky that Tech 3 had not yet filled the seat that Cal was planning to vacate. In that situation, any rider would have made the same decision to stay at T3. We will probably never know whether it was Cal, Herve, Lin or Dorna who insisted on a one-year only contract.
Cal quite rightly doesn't want the prospect of ending another season without a top ride. Cal is happy at Tech 3 and Herve values him, but perhaps more importantly Carmelo values him as an asset to the Championship so I'm sure that is Cal's destiny.
My ideal scenario (if VR46 stays at Yam) is Cal re-signs at Tech 3 , but keeps it a secret and has long and meaningful discussions with Ducati, stringing them along until all the best rider prospects have signed elsewhere, then dumps on them like they did on him.