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Don-R

July 20, 2013 10:41 AM

MotoGP » ‘Happy’ Smith benefits from Laguna track day


@ guyhancock Yamaha seem to think Pol Espargaro might. I have my doubts on that myself, as Marquez is a true prodigy, but if Pol E. outperforms Smith when he moves up next year then it's game over for Bradley. Unfortunately BS has entered the class at a time when the bar for rookies is ridiculously high, and when factories are impatient to see results (as HRC are with Bradl). Steady progress isn't quite as valued as it once was.

Don-R

July 19, 2013 3:10 PM

MotoGP » Nicky Hayden confirms Ducati MotoGP exit


@ TalentFan Scrapping the CRTs seems like a move forward IMO. The prototype-engined bikes could be a lot more competitive with their 24L fuel allowance and softer tyres. Though as you say, the factories still pull the strings by nominating riders to the teams who run their engines. Still, the way is being paved now for a spec ECU and greater parity between all machines on the grid. Shame that it's just taking a painfully long time to get there.

Don-R

July 19, 2013 11:48 AM

MotoGP » Nicky Hayden confirms Ducati MotoGP exit


There's a story over at GPOne that Philip Morris have decided to withhold from renewing their sponsorship of the team. In light of the continuing failure to get the bike to work and the departure of Hayden (and the consequences for the American market), it's not much of a surprise. At this point it looks like taking something of a miracle to turn things around. Whoever takes Nicky's place could be on very shaky ground.

Don-R

July 19, 2013 9:15 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: At the moment I have no job


@ myselff Technically Stefan Bradl is 'factory supported' but the bike he is running IS full factory spec except for the Brembos he's opted to use in favour of Nissin. His contract is directly with HRC rather than with LCR, which is why he joined the Repsol riders at the Aragon test recently to evaluate the 2014 factory machine. From LCR's own website: "LCR Honda Team rider Stefan Bradl pulled the covers off his new Factory Spec Honda RC213V today."

Don-R

July 19, 2013 7:47 AM

MotoGP » Crutchlow: At the moment I have no job


@ Nanfa The problem for Cal and Yamaha is that he simply doesn't figure in their future plans. They intend to keep Lorenzo and Rossi as their factory riders into 2015, and even if one of those two did leave, the guy who would step up would be Pol Espargaro, who will have a factory contract as from next year. I don't see any compelling reason for Cal to stay at Tech 3 for another season The satellite M1s will be less competitive next year (probably no seamless shift) and his position at the end of 2014 would be no stronger than it is now. The only difference if he stayed another year with Tech 3 would be the possible option of a Suzuki ride in 2015, But what's to say their bike would be any more competitive than the Ducs? And by then the Ducati option would have gone too. It's not an easy decision to make.


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