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November 13th, 2018, 01:55 PM   #41
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If nothing else he brings more sponsorship cash than any other of the available riders, and will doubtless garner more points towards the constructors championship than Dani. I'm very curious to see how far HRC will go to accommodate his riding style.
If they treat him as another Dani, they leave themselves badly exposed to a Marquez defection to Ducati. Puig is too smart to let that happen.
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Have you ever seen a bike that can do both regimes?

No I haven't either.
Sometimes you have to ride the bike in a different way, depending on bike set-up, track and weather conditions, tyre wear, tyre grip, etc.

The Ducati is even more stop-and-go than the Honda, so Lorenzo should theoretically find the Honda to be a little closer to the Yamaha than the Ducati is (though the Honda is still obviously closer to the Ducati than the Yamaha is).
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If they treat him as another Dani, they leave themselves badly exposed to a Marquez defection to Ducati. Puig is too smart to let that happen.
I don't know why but I think that when MM's contracts up he will go to KTM.
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I don't know why but I think that when MM's contracts up he will go to KTM.
He isn't going to go to KTM when he is trying to break every record in the book.
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He isn't going to go to KTM when he is trying to break every record in the book.
I donít think so either. KTM has hit the wall in finding that last second as many predicted. Zarco said the other day his goal next year was top 5, I think he is kidding himself. The bike isnít ready for prime time and probably wonít be until another major rules change makes Yamaha, Honda and Ducati have a pause in development while adjusting.
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I donít think so either. KTM has hit the wall in finding that last second as many predicted. Zarco said the other day his goal next year was top 5, I think he is kidding himself. The bike isnít ready for prime time and probably wonít be until another major rules change makes Yamaha, Honda and Ducati have a pause in development while adjusting.
I think he'll get a few top fives at select tracks, but certainly not regularly.
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He isn't going to go to KTM when he is trying to break every record in the book.
2 more and he has broken them all, especially Rossi.
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I donít think so either. KTM has hit the wall in finding that last second as many predicted. Zarco said the other day his goal next year was top 5, I think he is kidding himself. The bike isnít ready for prime time and probably wonít be until another major rules change makes Yamaha, Honda and Ducati have a pause in development while adjusting.
In 2 years KTM will be almost there, 2021 will be the year they start to get the better at certain tracks and I think that MM will like that challenge regardless of what us armchair experts say.
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In 2 years KTM will be almost there, 2021 will be the year they start to get the better at certain tracks and I think that MM will like that challenge regardless of what us armchair experts say.
I don't know why you're obsessed with KTM. MM wants to win. It's reasonable to think he might go to Ducati for a big paycheck and to show he can take championships on multiple makes, but given their lack of progress thus far, it would just be perverse to to shoot himself in the foot by signing up to ride an inferior bike.
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Agreed. I reckon he'd only go to KTM if he won a championship on the Ducati.
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