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Old 02-13-2004, 11:12 AM   #1
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Is it just this session, or does it seem like the Ducatis are consistently lagging behind Honda and Yamaha? I hope it's not the case, but I wouldn't be surprised if Ducati were hard pressed to keep their development efforts up with the likes of Honda and the Rossi-led Yam effort. What's worse is that the WSB guys aren't even on the map with last year's Desmos. Xaus is gonna need to get up in the top tier for us to enjoy any Spaniard-inspired hi-jinx.



Regardless, having Nicky and Colin in the top 5 puts a wicked stupid grin on my face. I can hardly wait for the Biaggi diatribes to start flowing ...
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Old 02-13-2004, 12:19 PM   #2
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A couple of factors, I believe:



One, this is the first outing for the new Desmosedici, and pretty much the first testing with the 16.5" front wheel, so they are focusing more on figuring out the base-line settings, playing with the engine mapping etc, while the Honda riders have already had several sessions (including at this same track a couple of weeks ago) so can concentrate more on putting down the quick lap times.



Two, this track does not seem to be especially suited to the Ducati -- they seem to prefer flowing courses rather than "point-and-shoot" tracks like Sepang. Yamaha, on the other hand, have been partucularly strong at this track. So, the next test at Phillip Island could have different relative rankings.
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Old 02-13-2004, 02:28 PM   #3
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I wonder if any of these guys are bodybuilders and if they have any discomfort commuting to work on these scoots.
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Old 02-13-2004, 04:00 PM   #4
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The following website rocks. All tongue in cheek of course. Or is it?



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Old 02-13-2004, 07:17 PM   #5
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Default Actually Xaus is.

Rueben Xaus does weight training.
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Old 02-13-2004, 10:07 PM   #6
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If you care about MotoGP--or if you don't--you owe it to your funny bone to check this out.
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Old 02-14-2004, 02:08 AM   #7
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The list doesn't show the time of McWilliams on the Aprilia : 2'06.574 In an article in I believe Two Wheels Only, McWilliams dumped all over Hayden

saying he wouldn't win a race in '04 and he didn't rate the factory ride. I'm wondering how he could tell from so far back in the pack!
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Old 02-14-2004, 07:23 AM   #8
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Not anymore that you would have racing your Harley!
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Old 02-14-2004, 07:28 AM   #9
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As Dean Adams pointed out, is it not funny how on the press releases from Honda, Biaggi, Tamada, etc, speak the Queens English to perfection while Hayden has a Kentucky twang ever present?

He is going to put that twang right up there where the sun don't shine when he wins the championship!
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Old 02-14-2004, 08:52 AM   #10
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Is it me or Checa should be faster than Rossi, looking at his experience with the M1 ???



Is that guy fast or what ??
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