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February 20th, 2018, 01:56 AM   #61
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I should have been clearer. His talk won't sell Rossi T-shirts.
Nobody will notice, the sky goes yellow at the tracks.
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I guess its his way of saying " I will be beating rossi early on .... so I expect them to change the tyres to make rossi more competitive".
I expect him to be in front of Rossi come November.
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That's exactly Ducati's plan. From what Ciabatti has been saying I think they are just looking for a comfortable B-plan for 2019 in case Lorenzo doesn't deliver what they expect. Rumor has it Miller will have a great treatment in terms of bike parts in order to be in the position to show his real potential on the bike.

The real question mark is Zarco. If he performs well I seriously doubt he'll be in Tech3 next year. I really wouldn't mind seeing him in HRC
That won't happen while MM stays there. TBO I hope I never see Zarco on a Honda, I hope he goes to KTM.
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That's exactly Ducati's plan. From what Ciabatti has been saying I think they are just looking for a comfortable B-plan for 2019 in case Lorenzo doesn't deliver what they expect. Rumor has it Miller will have a great treatment in terms of bike parts in order to be in the position to show his real potential on the bike.

The real question mark is Zarco. If he performs well I seriously doubt he'll be in Tech3 next year. I really wouldn't mind seeing him in HRC
Back when Stoner won their first WC, and Baylis's WSBK efforts, one of the head honchos at Ducati jokingly said that it seems what Ducati needs is an Australian rider on an Italian bike. Maybe its not seen as a joke these days, so maybe the Miller thing does have soething behind it ? .
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Back when Stoner won their first WC, and Baylis's WSBK efforts, one of the head honchos at Ducati jokingly said that it seems what Ducati needs is an Australian rider on an Italian bike. Maybe its not seen as a joke these days, so maybe the Miller thing does have soething behind it ? .


ahahaha that's also a very common joke among Italian Ducati fans.

"We need an Australian"

Wether his nationality is a coincidence or not, I think Miller is a very talented rider and he might be what Ducati needs. Very young, certainly fast, enough of a character to have appeal on the media and last but not least way cheaper than Lorenzo.

OT: wasn't Jack born in NZ now that I think?
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Also, he is not Lorenzo.
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That won't happen while MM stays there. TBO I hope I never see Zarco on a Honda, I hope he goes to KTM.

Sure but everyone is gonna be after MM, at least for the next couple months. If he'll like the RCV in the first races, no doubt he'll resign. But if not, he might end up somewhere else causing a huge domino effect.
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No but the chance of rain is astronomically higher in October...
You would obviously know personally, but I did gather that.

Doesn’t seem the best month to schedule a gp bike race then, and if Carmelo likes wet races which he may do perhaps February wasn’t the best time for testing to familiarise the teams and riders with the track.

Still leaves Zarco’s remark as a little cryptic, not that it wasn’t necessarily anything but a throw away line.
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ahahaha that's also a very common joke among Italian Ducati fans.

"We need an Australian"

Wether his nationality is a coincidence or not, I think Miller is a very talented rider and he might be what Ducati needs. Very young, certainly fast, enough of a character to have appeal on the media and last but not least way cheaper than Lorenzo.

OT: wasn't Jack born in NZ now that I think?
So he will get a GP18?. Petrucci seems to have had all the priority so far, not unreasonably, or are Ducati already impressed with Jack’s times in testing?.
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Personally I think MM will move to an other team after VR will retire.
He knows what he wants, and I think that's in first line the decima and the most wins, and for sure beat VR every year. He doesn't know about the real potential from KTM. He will move, just a matter of time and I think it will be KTM.
Sure Zarco will not be on the Tech3 2019, he deserves a factory bike and I hope it will be Jackass and Zarco on the Duc. Poor Yamaha guys, seems that the rideability isn't enough any more, hard to describe, but the M1 seems to be as mild as a dove. Ducati and Honda just are the better, stronger, meaner bikes. Then is Suzuki, Yamaha, KTM and Aprilia. Seems that the M1 became a mid-range bike.
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