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October 31st, 2018, 07:53 AM   #71
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My main take is that Bautista is a lot better than people including me have given him credit for being. Makes you wonder how many other also-rans would look much better on a factory bike, Casey Stoner previously having been a case in point. If he had never more or less fluked what was intended to be a 1 year place keeping factory Ducati ride he might have continued his whole career as a back marker crasher.
Bautista is really underrated. Look at his results in 2012 on the Suzuki, and 2013 on the Honda (when he got the factory RCV).
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Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what he can do on a V4 Ducati Superbike.
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Nevertheless, it will be interesting to see what he can do on a V4 Ducati Superbike.
He'll do well! I think Rea is better, but he'll give him a good fight.
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Rea may be better, but is Kawasaki up to it? I remember when Ducati caught everybody with their pants down with their Desmo. What it was, like extra 40-50 BHP? I don't expect the repeat here, but considering their experience the bike may be super competitive from very beginning.
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Yeah, the strength of the Ducati is the great unknown, but I suspect that the Kawasaki will have the edge in the first year because they've had so much time developing it, but I'm not sure.
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Yeah, the strength of the Ducati is the great unknown, but I suspect that the Kawasaki will have the edge in the first year because they've had so much time developing it, but I'm not sure.
So you believe Kwack are going to come back to MotoGP?
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So you believe Kwack are going to come back to MotoGP?
He's talking WSBK.
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He's talking WSBK.
Hahaha so he was, and there was me thinking otherwise.
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Yeah, the strength of the Ducati is the great unknown, but I suspect that the Kawasaki will have the edge in the first year because they've had so much time developing it, but I'm not sure.
Kawasaki has hugely upgraded ZX10RR for 19 in anticipation of the new Ducati. The showroom model is rumored to be increasing 5-6 grand for these upgrades.
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Kawasaki has hugely upgraded ZX10RR for 19 in anticipation of the new Ducati. The showroom model is rumored to be increasing 5-6 grand for these upgrades.
I think Kawasaki has a homologation special (the ZX-10RR) which will be dearer. The standard ZX10R won't increase in price much, AFAIK.
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