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October 8th, 2019, 08:22 PM   #1
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With the championship in the bag - the four-round Mundialito commences to see who gets 2nd in the championship. Dovi has a "commanding" but not insurmountable lead. If he all of a sudden gets hot and starts winning races, a lot of people are going to be annoyed. He does however really have a taste for beating MM in Honda's back yard . . . but I think this time, the fight is out of him.
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I'm going out on a limb and saying it's time for Quartarraro to not just stay in front of Marquez until the last lap, but take a back seat early, conserve his tires and study MM and see where there might be chink in the armor.

What better place to do it than Japan when you are looking for a top ride?

I hope and think Lorenzo will be showing some improvement.

Dovi is done, even if he wins a race or two down the stretch. I like him but he just doesn't seem to bring his game when he needs to. The rest of the Ducati riders can't deal with the geometry of the machine. I like Petrux too but he just doesn't have the killer instinct in him to win. Weird that Ducati have stuck with all these really second tier riders for so long. Either that or Gigi needs to build a machine they can win on.

Rins due for some better results, if it rains he has a chance.

Vinales good at practicing, Cal good at crashing, Miller skipped a grade and shouldn't have.....

Let's have fun watching!
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I'm going out on a limb and saying it's time for Quartarraro to not just stay in front of Marquez until the last lap, but take a back seat early, conserve his tires and study MM and see where there might be chink in the armor.

What better place to do it than Japan when you are looking for a top ride?

I hope and think Lorenzo will be showing some improvement.

Dovi is done, even if he wins a race or two down the stretch. I like him but he just doesn't seem to bring his game when he needs to. The rest of the Ducati riders can't deal with the geometry of the machine. I like Petrux too but he just doesn't have the killer instinct in him to win. Weird that Ducati have stuck with all these really second tier riders for so long. Either that or Gigi needs to build a machine they can win on.

Rins due for some better results, if it rains he has a chance.

Vinales good at practicing, Cal good at crashing, Miller skipped a grade and shouldn't have.....

Let's have fun watching!
Not sure it's Dovi not being able bring the fight, so much as it's a case of Ducati not keeping pace development-wise or even possibly, they've taken a step or two backwards. It happens. Dovi still has many more points than any other Ducati riders.
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This ones Millers folks. You heard it here first.
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Not sure it's Dovi not being able bring the fight, so much as it's a case of Ducati not keeping pace development-wise or even possibly, they've taken a step or two backwards. It happens. Dovi still has many more points than any other Ducati riders.
It's not a as much of a two horse race in 2019 as it was in 2018.

I think that the Ducati's are still a very strong bike this season. Honda has a touch more power in 2019 which has helped Marc bridge the gap to the Ducati's but at the same time it seems they have made the Honda worse for everyone else. Marc is finishing 1st or 2nd when it's pretty much all him rather than the bike...He is riding better this season than he ever has. Dovi is comfortably the runner up with a convincing margin over Rins.

Mind you the Suzuki and Yamaha have also improved this year compared to last year which I think has played the biggest part in making Ducati appear as if they have 'dropped the ball' this season results wise.
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Vinales good at practicing, Cal good at crashing, Miller skipped a grade and shouldn't have.....
I used to think the same thing but Miller was battling it out with Alex Marquez in Moto3 just before he left to join MotoGP. With all things going well for Miller, by the time/if Alex makes it to MotoGP Miller would have already earned himself a full factory ride with Ducati not to mention all the experience he would have gained racing at the top level in the process.

I know which position I would rather be in...
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I think miller will be a factor for sure
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I used to think the same thing but Miller was battling it out with Alex Marquez in Moto3 just before he left to join MotoGP. With all things going well for Miller, by the time/if Alex makes it to MotoGP Miller would have already earned himself a full factory ride with Ducati not to mention all the experience he would have gained racing at the top level in the process.

I know which position I would rather be in...
He gets a lot of shit but in his rookie year he beat Nicky Hayden on the same bike and was battling with a lot of the mid pack guys during that and his second year. Itís gotta be better than being in moto2. If youíre aim is to be better on the big bike then youíre probably better off being on the big bike ASAP.
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The rider with the World Championship in hand?
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The rider with the World Championship in hand?
Not taking anything away from any Moto2 world champions, but having the Moto2 world championship does not guarantee results when transitioning to MotoGP.

Personally, If my goal was to race in MotoGP I'd much rather be the rider with more MotoGP experience mixing it with the big boys, on a superior MotoGP bike and have a premier class win under my belt, than be the same age and be a MotoGP rookie with a Moto2 World Championship to my name.
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