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Crutchlow Signs with Ducati

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/motogp/23536326

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Well....I hope Nicky helps them get the bike competitive during the later part of this year so Cal has a chance next year. (Ducati says they have some good things coming for the later part of the season). Otherwise he is going to be a very frustrated young man.

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Hardly surprised, with more riders coming up from moto 2 every year, if Cal hadn't taken the factory ride for next year he probably would have been without one all together, factory or not?

It's a sad fact of the MotoGP series that there are only 6 factory bikes on the grid and of those only 4 are competitive. And so your chances of getting on one are slim, especially if your not Spanish or Italian, so in that respect he's done very well for himself.

I do hope for him and Dovi that Ducati and Audi can build a competitive machine for next season but I won't hold my breath? And if they don't then hopefully Cal will be able to look back at his GP career and say he was a factory rider, he got some podium trophies and a healthy bank balance.

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Nobody's had a feel for the Duc since Casey Stoner. All the post-Stoner pilots have been whining about the the frame, the (lack of) power, the handling, blah, blah, blah... None of that seemed to be an issue for Casey.

They should have never let him go. Biggest mistake they ever made. He rode the wheels off that bike!
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Well I wish him luck and that the Ducati gets really a little more competitive.
It is in deed sad that a man as fast as Crutchlow has no other choice in the Spanish Championship.
Its time that Ducati beats the Japs again.
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Its time that Ducati beats the Japs again.
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Suzuki will be back in 2015....

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Cal strikes me as a guy who rides right to the edge of his and the bikes potential and that's where a guy like Cal want to be. He's a racers racer.
I just hope he stays safe - he's always pushing so hard and I'd hate to see him injured because I really enjoy watching him ride.

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Nobody's had a feel for the Duc since Casey Stoner. All the post-Stoner pilots have been whining about the the frame, the (lack of) power, the handling, blah, blah, blah... None of that seemed to be an issue for Casey.

They should have never let him go. Biggest mistake they ever made. He rode the wheels off that bike!
Seems like you don't even follow motogp.

Stoner left Ducati because he said the bikes had become unfit to ride. He did the "whining" before anyone else said one word bad about the bike.

Rossi notoriously said Stoner just didn't how to setup the bike and that he and his crew could easily fix the problem in one weekend that caused Stoner to quit on Ducati.

Enter new strict Tire Rules. Bridgestone are the official tires everyone must use and the tire options are limited, before Ducati would use specially made Tires that specifically made to cover up the problems with the Ducati bikes. Now that crutch was gone too and Ducati left completely exposed.

The only recognition Stoner gets is being the first person to declare Ducati bike had become terrible and having the sense to quit on the brand faster than anyone else.


Oh, and more thing.

Ducati had a lot of bad blood between them and Stoner. Stoner suddenly caught a "mysterious" illness that he said made it so he could race anymore for Ducati during the last season.
Ducati believed that Stoner made up it, as a fake reason so he could quit mid season.

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Nothing mysterious about lactose intolerance.

What is mysterious is how the politics of the inner sanctum of Ducati design people work.
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