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November 10, 2012 5:32 PM

MotoGP » Major changes in store for Ducati?

@gorbachov AUDI didnt want Rossi? Yeh of course they did thats why they offered Rossi a pay increase plus a role in developing the bike that will replace the Panigale as well as a WSBK ride when Rossi wanted to leave MotoGP. Nicky Hayden has said in an interview this weekend that Rossi never stopped trying but improvements that were needed simply either did not happen or did not happen in time before other teams improved.


November 09, 2012 4:50 PM

BSB » Tommy Hill won't race in 2013

Sad fact is that at the moment even the very best riders in allthe forms of motorsport are under huge pressure to bring finances to a team to get a ride. Fairly simple equasion Fewer sponsors paying less + high costs of running a comprtative outfit = Teams demand from riders Maybe when costs are reduced things will change. Also worth noting that in the same bunch of changes Esplezeto proposes to reduce costs he also states that he wants to bring about rules that even if riders are required to bring a budget they are guaranteed a reasonable wage. At the moment some riders even top class ones not only have to bring sponsors but do not get a wage their only income is off track activities and occasional bonus payments from their race teams.


November 02, 2012 3:45 PM

WSBK » Laverty: 2013 last big year for WSBK?

I agree with @Cubikrube So called "dumbing down" of the bikes has not affected the racing in BSB, far from it the racing this year has possibly been the best in the history of the championship. Lets face facts. Costs in WSBK have spiralled up to the point its now cheaper for a team to run a CRT in MotoGP. Add this on to the fact that sponsors are feeling the pinch and therefore are not willing to pay as much and you have a recipe for teams to find either they can no longer compete or no longer want to compete, This has been proved by withdrawal of teams in last couple of years. BSB however now has a list of teams waiting for grid slots. It even has manufacturers entering the series again (MV) Lower spec does not mean poor racing, Just more affordable.


October 29, 2012 11:56 PM

WSBK » Ducati confirms Althea split, Checa stays on

There is every possibility that next year in WSB the Panigale could be competative from the word go. Think about it for a minute! This year privateer national superbike & superstock teams from several countries have run the Panigale, Do you really think that Ducati has just sold the bikes and had no feedback? More likely they have looked at this years racing with the Panigale as one long test session gaining mountains of feedback & data to allow the official factory bike to come out of the box almost fully ready to go, Something that is supported by the fact that Checa was almost on the pace in the close of season test despite using only race tyres and "development electronic mapping" Lets wait to see what happens but it should be interesting.


October 29, 2012 7:03 PM

WSBK » Althea, Ducati 'split', future plans uncertain

@ wotan Altea have not walked out on Ducati far from it they had already re-signed Giuliano on the basis of providing him with a works supported Ducati again like this year. Ducati have chosen to end supply to Altea although if Altea wish they can purchase a customer spec bike just like any other team. Carlos Checa is contracted directly to Ducati but was placed in Altea in the same way Simoncelli was contracted directly to HRC but placed in Gresini. To clear up one area before people bring it up. The homologation for the 1098/1198 Ducati has run out now it is no longer in production so any team that chooses to use it next year would have ro renew it at their own expense and that is one hell of a lot of money.


October 29, 2012 11:57 AM

WSBK » Althea, Ducati 'split', future plans uncertain

In the article it says Ducati will continue in WSB with Checa but not with Altea. It was said on twitter a while ago by someone who has contacts with Ducati UK that Ducati would be back as an official works team with 2 bikes in 2013 plus 2 factory supported bikes for a satellite team, Ducati have already announced a customer spec bike that any team can purchase. It is no secret that the relationship between Ducati and Bevilacqua have been strained, Bevilacqua has long had a reputation for going to the press to complain and threatening to quit WSB if he does not get his own way so maybe Ducati have simply grown tired of this and chosen to end working with him.

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