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April 21st, 2019, 10:32 PM   #1
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Should Bautista go to MotoGP or stay and try to lift the whole SBK to the next level? It may be a bit ambitious but why not?


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April 22nd, 2019, 01:33 AM   #2
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If Bautista wins WSBK, then he is a major problem for Ducati, with 2 other riders currently in the running for an extended contract at Ducati (Petrucci and Miller) adding him in will cause a lot of anger I think.
Personally I rate Bautista higher than Miller or Petrucci and would love to see him given a chance on a factory ride.
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why not give him a wild card on a factory Ducati and see how he does?

If Miller continues to outperform Petrucci, then he will get the factory seat. So there will be an opening on the Pramac team, which could be a factory bike if Bagnaia remains on a used bike.
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why not give him a wild card on a factory Ducati and see how he does?

If Miller continues to outperform Petrucci, then he will get the factory seat. So there will be an opening on the Pramac team, which could be a factory bike if Bagnaia remains on a used bike.
Miller is behind Petrucci on points, so hows he out performing him?
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Miller is behind Petrucci on points, so hows he out performing him?
The seat that came undone in gutter left Miller behind Petrucci
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Miller is behind Petrucci on points, so hows he out performing him?
Miller has out qualified Petrucci in every round so far, he's had better pace in testing and practice. If not for loosing the seat which resulted in a DNF, Miller would be 10 points clear of Petrucci.
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Miller has out qualified Petrucci in every round so far, he's had better pace in testing and practice. If not for loosing the seat which resulted in a DNF, Miller would be 10 points clear of Petrucci.
Yes, a seat coming unglued is hardly a rider error/a result of rider impetuosity. Miller is clearly faster than Petrucci despite not having full factory backing. I also suspect Gigi at least was not best pleased by Petrucci’s comments about the ‘cooling’ device given that the main criterion for legality of said device seemed to be that it be called a cooling device.

If Miller is hanging at about 3rd or 4th which seems to be where his pace is currently I highly doubt he goes for Bautista or indeed most other riders. However Petrucci only has a 1 year sink or swim contract.

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As they say shit happens and it can affect any rider, so its just one of those things.
BTW how many DNF's did Miller have last year and how many did Petrucci?
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As they say shit happens and it can affect any rider, so its just one of those things.
BTW how many DNF's did Miller have last year and how many did Petrucci?
Which one of them was on a factory bike that season ?.

I am a fan of Bautistaís btw, and I think Stoner could have had a similar career if he hadnít got that factory Ducati ride, which was rather flukey and intended to be a 1 year rental only. We shall see with Jack, but at the moment he is out riding Petrucci, whom I admittedly donít like because he pulled over for Rossi at Valencia 2015, and riding a factory bike for a satellite team is still probably not quite the same as a full factory ride.
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Bautista will go nowhere. He is too old to return to MotoGP, considering there is an army of youngsters keen to get a seat. From viewpoint of a manager choosing a 30+ rider over new talent does not make sense, for several reasons.
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