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I think it is still true that a rider can 'gel' and form a partnership with one bike and not another - even at this level, and even if both bikes are similarly competitive. All the tech is blurring the lines and making the 'feel' for the bike a much smaller window maybe but its still there.
Also, all these guys are happy to accept crashing as part and parcel of the job - and it doesn't really bother them. IF that is, they understand WHY they crashed. Its the ones where the bike is unpredictable or the rider does nothing different and goes round one lap, and launched the next - this is what makes a rider nervous and knocks confidence.
Is the Ducati predictable? Well it must be up to a point, as Dovi isn't launching it (often). But if you force it - will it reward you or bite you hard? Cal's gonna find out.