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Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« on: 01 August, 2013, 03:16:03 PM »
Apparently the deal is done and there will be an announcement in the next day or so.

While I don't blame him, he has to grab the cash while it is there in the relatively short career of the racer, I am a bit disappointed. He's looked very competitive this season on the Tech3 Yamaha, and the Ducatis seem to still be the things that even Rossi couldn't make work. Fingers crossed the Audi money and R&D flowing that way start to pay dividends soon and give Cal a ride he deserves.
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #1 on: 01 August, 2013, 04:20:07 PM »
It can only be the money it will be a cold day in hell before he wins on the duke ...
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #2 on: 01 August, 2013, 06:09:00 PM »
I hope I'm wrong but I think his move to Ducati will be a huge mistake. Cal is a very talented rider and deserves better. Ducati has ruined enough careers.
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #3 on: 01 August, 2013, 08:29:09 PM »
Well that's his career screwed then. Shame.
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #4 on: 01 August, 2013, 09:57:25 PM »
Why are Yamaha letting him go then? Who's lined up for his seat on the tech 3?
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #5 on: 01 August, 2013, 10:46:22 PM »
*Originally Posted by falcorob [+]
Why are Yamaha letting him go then? Who's lined up for his seat on the tech 3?

Yamaha have Vale and Lorenzo on 2 year deals  so if they both stay put there is no place till 2015 and that would only be if either of them moved on
Cal wanted a guarantee of a Factory bike in 2015, Yamaha weren't prepared to do that bearing in mind there current riders,
they offered a deal under Yamaha to stay in Tech3 with an increased paypacket supported by Yamaha but he obviously decided against it, his replacement is Pol Espergaro from moto2,

the Ducati ride is now official,
I'm not convinced it's a career breaker, Rossi did basically nothing and for this reason he will be OK cos Rossi getting nowhere says how bad the Ducati was/is, if Cal can get to grips with it and produce some good rides no one can question his ability,
It could also be good timing with the financial and technical clout of Audi,
his stumbling block will be staying too long, getting nowhere and being too old,

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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #6 on: 02 August, 2013, 12:49:24 AM »
Trouble is, the desirable factory rides are closed out and Cal is feeling the pressure to get the big bucks in at this stage of his career. I think Steve is on the money about Rossi failing there, Ducati have run out of excuses and only have big changes left. I'm going to keep the faith and hope that Cal gets lucky in that the money from Audi combines with a sea change at Ducati and provides him with a competitive ride in the next few years.
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #7 on: 02 August, 2013, 10:27:51 AM »
The bike will be competitive top ten but who here can see any other bike than a Honda or a Yamaha winning a moto gp race . The bike he is on is quick enough and could win things going his way . He is the best british rider we have had for years at that level .......
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #8 on: 02 August, 2013, 10:20:55 PM »
*Originally Posted by tiggersteve [+]
*Originally Posted by falcorob [+]
Why are Yamaha letting him go then? Who's lined up for his seat on the tech 3?

Yamaha have Vale and Lorenzo on 2 year deals  so if they both stay put there is no place till 2015 and that would only be if either of them moved on
Cal wanted a guarantee of a Factory bike in 2015, Yamaha weren't prepared to do that bearing in mind there current riders,
they offered a deal under Yamaha to stay in Tech3 with an increased paypacket supported by Yamaha but he obviously decided against it, his replacement is Pol Espergaro from moto2,

the Ducati ride is now official,
I'm not convinced it's a career breaker, Rossi did basically nothing and for this reason he will be OK cos Rossi getting nowhere says how bad the Ducati was/is, if Cal can get to grips with it and produce some good rides no one can question his ability,
It could also be good timing with the financial and technical clout of Audi,
his stumbling block will be staying too long, getting nowhere and being too old,

Fair enough but is Dovi staying at Ducati? The man who kept beating him at Tech 3?
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Re: Looks like Crutchlow is going to Ducati.
« Reply #9 on: 02 August, 2013, 10:56:57 PM »
I think it would have been a different story this year had Dovi stayed put,