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Old 06-14-2007, 02:56 PM   #31
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Default Re: 1098 was a mistake in the long run..

I gather you think the 999 isn't competitive?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Bayliss just win at Silverstone? And he's currently in fourth place in the standings. Statistically tough to take the championship, but better chances than Cleveland winning 4 in a row...

And didn't Bayliss win last year on a 999 (some would say dominate), as did this year's leader Toseland in 2004?

Just checking...
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:07 PM   #32
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Default Re: 1098 was a mistake in the long run..

That is because the Ducati is given advantages over the inline 4s... The 999 isn't sold anymore.. I thought there was Homologation rule.. Apparently WSB makes up the rules for Ducati.. i.e.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:08 PM   #33
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Default Re: 1098 was a mistake in the long run..

Rather Ducati makes the rules for itself and the others.
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:14 PM   #34
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Default Is it a matter of riding style or weight of Pedrosa?

Is it a matter of riding style or weight of Pedrosa?.. i.e the 1000 was more friendly for point and shoot which done in the U.S. cause we don't have the free flowing tracks that Europe has. And Pedrosa is an ex-250 rider i.e. high corner speed. Although Hayden was fast at Catalunya test
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Old 06-14-2007, 03:19 PM   #35
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Default Interview: Ducati's Julian Thomas Read and weep Duc fans

"Not a lot of people know that until now there have been two regulations in WSB, one for the 1000cc fours and one for 1000cc twins. The twins are allowed a lot higher level of preparation and tuning than the fours. That's been standing since 2003 to keep them competitive against the fours. We would now like to reduce that level of preparation and tuning on the twins but have the 200cc increase because we believe the 1200cc twin can compete with the same regulations as the 1000cc four at the same level. [b]That would also help to bring the costs down for us because basically we have a prototype out there (in WSB) with a certain level of MotoGP technology and we are unable to continue in the same way with a bike that does not exist anymore, the 999, which is no longer our production bike as it has been replaced by the 1098." Read more
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:23 PM   #36
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Default Re: Is it a matter of riding style or weight of Pedrosa?

Yes Hayden was fast. After the race. Perhaps the new chassis stuff is the answer. From what I've read getting the wheels out of line on these bikes kills your lap time. As far as style vs size I have to believe it's both. That being said Nicky can't change him self physically. That leaves style. I've heard that he is trying to address that, but it's hard for a body to unlearn what it's been doing for years. As the GP bikes get smaller style will increasing become important. Can't wait till their 4 stroke 500's. I think that it's sad that if I were to ask how many people know who Steve Bonsey it few would be able to answer. I think that fewer and fewer "outsiders" will be seen in MotoGp. Their farm system is fantastic. I'd bet something insignificant that Toseland won't get the nod .....
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:25 PM   #37
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Default Re: Stoner To Continue With Ducati In 2008

I predict a resurgant Loris in the latter part of the season!
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Old 06-14-2007, 04:27 PM   #38
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Default Re: 1098 was a mistake in the long run..

I suppose that depends on how the homologation rule's stated. If they need only sell X copies of a given model, then the 999 is well satisfied by now. I.e. perhaps there's no requirement that the bike comes from the current product line.



I'm all for varying rules to allow different makes models - larger Duc twins in WSB, 1200cc Buells in AMA Supersport. That's more interesting than a grid of practically identical machines.
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Good point Yep we don't want a motorcycle version of IROC...
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Default Re: Stoner To Continue With Ducati In 2008

Man, I wish MY last name was "Stoner"............
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