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July 22nd, 2005, 11:40 AM   #11
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The Tech 3 team isn't uncompetitive, Marco Melandri took his satelite M1 to a couple podiums last season. To be honest I don't know why Xaus isn't riding well on the M1, I would chalk it up to a superbike riding style that the Ducati welcomed and most other GP machines resist but Colin Edwards has said that the M1 is more like a superbike than the Honda. Perhaps it is the happy medium between Honda and Ducati and Xaus needs to have full superbike style settings. I really can't understand it. It could also be his 6'+ frame fumbles around the nimble M1. Those are all the ideas I have left. If Hopkins were to ride for Tech 3 I think it would definitely be a step in the right direction, it certainly couldn't be any worse than Suzuki. In an article from Hopkins is quoted as saying the reason he stayed with Suzuki is because Suzuki promised him a more competitive bike for 2005 and in bringing in new team manager Paul Denning, Hopper bought into it. Read the article here. I think Hopkins would be foolish to resign with Suzuki and I think there are multiple better rides out there including the Tech 3 slot, I believe a factory Ducati seat will open up and if Bridgestones are as important to John as he says they are that may be a perfect match, and if Hopkins does make himself available I think Honda would have a hard time letting him get away. My two cents.
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July 30th, 2005, 02:09 PM   #12
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The bike Xaus is riding is the same as Edwards and his results are very poor this year, he is even being beaten by his rookie teammate Elias.
It seems many Ducati riders can't adapt to Jap MotoGP bikes, it's happened to Xaus and it's happened to Hodgson and Bayliss too.

It's a pity he couldn't take the place Bayliss left at Ducati, Xaus rookie year was good, he even managed a podium at Quatar with the old 2003 Duke, he needs a Ducati and if he can't get it in MotoGP it's not a bad idea going back to SBK.

I'm really thrilled with Pedrosa's move to Repsol Honda, I honestly think he can put Rossi under pressure. His weak point is wet racing, but he is improving, he managed to finish 4th at Donny which he celebrated more than some of his wins.
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