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October 19th, 2006, 10:44 PM   #21
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Am i the only one who's disappointed and think it's a mistake by stoner?

If he is to ever stay upright he is going to need consistency and time without more pressure. There is already the change to 800cc so surely it would've been best for him to have kept the same people around him and the same manufacturer. Also, could somebody knowledgable on bikes compare the pros and cons of honda v ducati. As i'd think there is a negative in the change there too with regards to needing to stay on the bike and be


consistent!

Then i liked the stoner checcinelo (spelling?) combination working on a lower budget and sticking it to the big boys. Being in a way underdogs though clearly the bike is good enough (?) with the pace stoner has shown. (Also the stylish team manager and goofy but talented rider combination made me smile- oh dear. Lol)

If i remember right rossi had problems staying upright early on, did he change bike for year 2? Sorry my memory is crap.

I hope i am proved wrong but i'm not so positive


towards stoner anymore (definitely one of my favourites in gp but my support is starting to prefer elsewhere after this move.)

Lets hope he proves me wrong and does something special so i REALLY support casey stoneri once again.
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October 19th, 2006, 11:32 PM   #22
 
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caseys dream was to be rasing in motogp on a factoy bike and now he has achieved it. i think he will do well on a ducati. perhaps wait a bit though and see where he and the 900 duc are at compared to loris and the rest of the field. i think he will finish more next year... the only way is up.

shame for sete though... the catalunya crash did stuff up his year.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (richo @ Oct 20 2006, 01:16 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Bad news for Sete. He's a lot more mature than Stoner. I know Ducati are looking for a young, talented rider for the factory squad, but I think another year on the Duc could have led to some good results for Gibernau. It is bad news for Sete but if you were running the Ducati team and you had the choice between keeping Sete or hiring Stoner, how could you choose Sete?. That collarbone is fucked now, blow on it and you'll break it, he may very well retire. I wouldn't want a rider spending half the season injured while I pay his wages and neither would any manager in the paddock. He'd be a good man to develop any new bike including the kawasaki, he knows the RCV and the Ducati inside out plus he's got heaps of 500 experience which might come in handy next year.
It's a great move for Stoner and could turn out to be an inspired move by Ducati. Honda, everyone says is the bike to be on but not when you're well down the pecking order in the LCR squad. No point going to Yamaha so factory Ducati wins. If Ducati wait another year it could cost more to get Stoner even if they could. What other young rider would you or could you hire? Hopper and Vermeulen have both had the Suzuki lobotomy that kept KRjr there for years so god knows when that'll wear off, Elias maybe and Pedrosa is HRC's pup. I'd sign Casey, best of luck to him.
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October 20th, 2006, 01:18 AM   #24
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Well let's just say if I was the Ducati Marlboro manager I'd rather keep Loris Capirossi than Sete Gibernau at this point in time and kick Gibernau out for Stoner; he's got great potential and should do very well next year.

Gibernau has seemed to of lost the plot over the last 2 seasons in Moto GP, remember the time when he was the only person challenging Valentino Rossi for the race win nearly every weekend. The Barcelona crash which broke his collar bone has had to of taken a huge affect on Sete, $$ or no he's still extremely brave to even get back on a normal road bike let alone racing in Moto GP again. Next year he might do well still whereas he might not do too well but he's still got the chance to prove he's one of the greatest riders in the world, he just has to take it!

Regarding Capirossi, I think this year he's raced extremely well and the Ducati has been a beast to ride and is so powerful and big which suites Capirossi's riding style as he is a very aggressive but safe rider. I think he's done well for himself and would rather stay at Ducati than move to Repsol Honda or Yamaha next year.

Good luck to Casey Stoner, just 1 year in Moto GP and he's proved he's out there to do well and has obviously done so otherwise Ducati would not of signed him. Maybe we'll be seeing more battles between Pedrosa and Stoner next year then?
 
October 20th, 2006, 01:42 AM   #25
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i wish i could disagree with you about Vermeulen Skid. im praying that he will wake up to realise that he's better off elsewhere... but unless he gets offered something insanely amazing like HRC ride ... i fear he's never going to move.

(i'm gonna point this out now, Hopper has been there for however many years now. And now Suzuki are RAVING on about how he's the first Suzuki rider to reach the 3-digit points margin since blah blah blah ... um Vermuelen is on 98 and only 13 points behind him ... AND IN HIS ROOKIE YEAR..... thankyou)
 
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (CaptainSnow @ Oct 20 2006, 04:07 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>He beat Capirrosi and Rossi for pole position at Mugello.
Who the hell beats the Italians at Mugello?


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Yamahamer-AL @ Oct 20 2006, 05:11 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>got Stoner at a discount price.

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October 20th, 2006, 06:33 PM   #27
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Hahaha I was listening to the new podcast and they said:

"Some say Stoner has already crashed w Ducati without even riding it yet."

Hahaha that made my night! OK I'm gonna go get drunk now, talk to you all tomorrow fellow forum members!
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October 20th, 2006, 07:10 PM   #28
 
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i think once he pulls his head in he will fly on that duc... just wait
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October 21st, 2006, 06:13 AM   #29
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No doubt, no doubt! That's gonna be one fast koala when he figures out the bike!
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October 21st, 2006, 01:19 PM   #30
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (CaptainSnow @ Oct 21 2006, 05:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>No doubt, no doubt! That's gonna be one fast koala when he figures out the bike!

koala's aren't fast...

hopefully he'll master the bike quick and learn from loris ... then he might just be the future of dukes...

honestly i've rather choosed melandri/elias or vermeulen then casey but if that's what they could get that's it....
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