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Old 08-16-2010, 09:51 AM   #1
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:08 PM   #2
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Good for Ducati Team. Hayden plus Rossi.
Not that good for Yamaha Team, but hey they still have the rising star in MotoGP, Jorge Lorenzo.

Honda, Yamaha and Ducati are the team favorite next season.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:47 PM   #3
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As if anyone not living as fungus beneath a damp rock didn't see this coming.....

(Speaking of KPaul, I'm somewhat amazed that he hasn't "come back" now that longride - his "mortal enemy" - has been "vanquished".....)
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Honda, Yamaha and Ducati are the team favorite next season.
Not Kawasaki...?
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As if anyone not living as fungus beneath a damp rock didn't see this coming.....

(Speaking of KPaul, I'm somewhat amazed that he hasn't "come back" now that longride - his "mortal enemy" - has been "vanquished".....)
What happened to LR?
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This was as unexpected as Brett Favre's "retirement" and subsequent "unretirement". I wonder if Rossi will experience the same success on the Ducati as on the Yamaha. The transition has proven quite difficult for Hayden.
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This was as unexpected as Brett Favre's "retirement" and subsequent "unretirement". I wonder if Rossi will experience the same success on the Ducati as on the Yamaha. The transition has proven quite difficult for Hayden.
But Hayden is no Rossi, or, for that matter, is no Stoner, either. Rossi was always faster than Hayden when they were teammates, although that was when the Kentucky Kid first joined MotoGP. I predict Rossi will regularly finish on the podium, and he'll take at least a couple race wins.

But he'll have his hands full with Lorenzo/Yamaha and Pedrosa/Stoner on factory Hondas. And Spies will be in the mix, too. It should be a great season!
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But Hayden is no Rossi, or, for that matter, is no Stoner, either. Rossi was always faster than Hayden when they were teammates, although that was when the Kentucky Kid first joined MotoGP. I predict Rossi will regularly finish on the podium, and he'll take at least a couple race wins.

But he'll have his hands full with Lorenzo/Yamaha and Pedrosa/Stoner on factory Hondas. And Spies will be in the mix, too. It should be a great season!
It'll be fun to watch, no doubt!
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Nick's the best #2 in the biz. He will be fine if he can make it to the 2012 season and the 1000cc bikes.

Rossi signed with Ducati, but Malboro is paying the bill. My inside Ducati guy confirmed that when the press release happened. Malboro is banking on the F1 rules change. Funny how a sponsor would be willing to pitch that money out. That's one of the reasons that Fiat will follow Rossi. With all the money from Malboro going to Rossi's salary Fiat will be the one paying the rest of the bills. Oh, and Ferrari is owned by Fiat which probably doesn't hurt the sponsor situation.
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Nick's the best #2 in the biz. He will be fine if he can make it to the 2012 season and the 1000cc bikes.

Rossi signed with Ducati, but Malboro is paying the bill. My inside Ducati guy confirmed that when the press release happened. Malboro is banking on the F1 rules change. Funny how a sponsor would be willing to pitch that money out. That's one of the reasons that Fiat will follow Rossi. With all the money from Malboro going to Rossi's salary Fiat will be the one paying the rest of the bills. Oh, and Ferrari is owned by Fiat which probably doesn't hurt the sponsor situation.
Yep, Marlboro has always funded the vast majority of Ducati's GP efforts. In F1, Marlboro owns all the signage on the Ferraris, which it then sublets to smaller advertisers, especially in all the markets that don't allow tobacco ads.
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