WSBK » Fabrizio fastest for Ducati in France


The Italian is eyeing one more win for the brand before it withdraws its factory involvement.

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Ian S - Unregistered

October 01, 2010 3:13 PM

The sad thing is that nobody will remember much about Ducati's final 2 years as a factory team and that is because of the performances (or lack of) of their 2 riders. Haga is a burned out rider living on past glories and Fabrizio has moments of brilliance tarnished by much longer moments of mediocrity. Both have been outclassed by Checa's satellite bike this year, not to mention the outdated and 'uncompetitive' Suzuki of Haslam.

What we are seeing now are those riders with an uncertain future throwing caution to the winds in an attempt to grab a ride next year (Crutchlow excepted). Come race day and it will be business as usual, with Biaggi, Haslam, Checa and Crutchlow battling it out.

Cubikrube

October 01, 2010 3:28 PM

Ian S,

Last year, Nori was out there well ahead of the rest and then he came off his bike breaking his arm as well as doing himself a number of other injuries. Spies was also a factor in that, as people know about me, just because i support one doesn't mean i denigrate another.

This year Nori got smacked in the back by Xaus at Philip Island at around 140 mph. He was pi$$ing blood for over a month. Then Tardozzi did one and that hasn't helped Xerox either. He is still ahead of Fabrizio despite the shoddy season.

Burnt up living on past glories? We'll see about that next year. Biaggi has been considered "washed up" as has Vale and many other riders. The only one's fit to say that are other riders and they wouldn't because they have respect for each other....whereas you plainly do not

Cubikrube

October 01, 2010 3:37 PM

Oh and just to add, Nori got a win at Nurburgring in one race and fell off in the other but was looking good for a podium at minimum and then at Imola he got two podiums. Hardly washed up and i don't think he rode rashly to get those results. And this weekend is at Magny Cours, a favourite track for Nori and i wouldn't bet against two podiums minimum if he stays upright and possibly a double win given that he's done it before.
You can have a bad season without being washed up. Last season was not a bad season, it went wrong admittedly but i wouldn't consider 2nd in the championship bad even though Nori and his fans were disappointed/gutted about it

Like i say, let's see how he does next season, don't be so quick to write #41 off just yet

Ian S - Unregistered

October 01, 2010 5:33 PM

I'm not one to slag riders off, but look at the facts. Haga has had factory rides every year since 1998 and has so far managed to win nothing. OK, he's taken race wins, but where has the world title been? If he's riding injured then much of that is down to himself. A lot of the time you make your own luck in racing and he's been spectacularly unsuccessful at that.

You can argue that he should have won last year, and would have done so where it not for the efforts of Fabrizio. That may be true, but he should not have had to rely on his team mate getting out of the way in order to win.

This year he has been dismal. A couple of good results does not excuse a season like this and I simply don't believe it can all be blamed on injuries. The old Haga would have (and did) shrugged off the wounds and got on with the task.

You can carry on believing if you like, but I don't think he will ever win a WSBK title. Same thing goes for Fabrizio.

Cubikrube

October 02, 2010 12:40 AM

Same corner, previous year Troy Bayliss did the same and lost a finger and hurt a bollock to say the least. They all have accidents, like i say let's wait till before we are so quick to judge a rider as being washed up

Cubikrube

October 02, 2010 12:43 AM

Oh and one more thing, he may never win a championship but everyone who loves WSB loves to watch Nori racing at the sharp end, fan or not he knows how to fight for the win. He's given race fans more than we can ever give to him.

Go #41!

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