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Old 08-19-2008, 09:20 AM   #1
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Nikky Hayden almost to Ducati

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NICKY HAYDEN is expected to be announced as Casey Stoner's Ducati team-mate for next year. According to his management team (the rider was absent from Brno), though a few details remain to be finalised, the contract is all but completed. It's a risk, Hayden has admitted in the past. “Seems it's a bike that only Stoner can ride fast.” But Honda has made it clear he has no place in the factory Repsol team next year, and he is unwilling to downgrade to a satellite machine. His place alongside Dani Pedrosa in the Repsol-backed factory team is expected to go Andrea Dovizioso.
Ben Spies is close to signing up with the satellite Gresini Honda team, with Honda US contributing to the Italian team's budget in return. According to Spies manager Doug Gonda: “There are discussions, and things are moving fairly rapidly right now. But there are some decisions that are beyond out control. We hope to know in about ten days.” Asked why Suzuki was not trying harder to keep him, he said: “That's hard to figure. They tell me they'd like to keep him, but they haven't indicated to me how they would like to do it. There's been no firm offer.”

This would leave Alex de Angelis looking for a job. One possible slot might be that vacated by Dovizioso, but the San Marino rider will have to adjust his asking price - one reason why the cash-strapped Gresini team are prepared to let him go.

Shinya Nakano is expected to stay with the team next year, as Honda's nominee … unless he is taken back to Japan as a test rider.

Rizla Suzuki is close to completing contract renewal with Loris Capirossi, who will stay with the team for a second year. But Chris Vermeulen's position is still under negotiation, with no guarantees he will stay.

“It's not clear yet,” said team manager Paul Denning. “It's based on Suzuki's approval from Japan. We have a strong understanding that he is under consideration. “Chris is the only rider to win a four-stroke GP on a Suzuki, and has been on the podium wet and dry. He's very likeable, and his career path has been one of steady progress.” This being so, why not sign him up at once? “Team Suzuki and the Suzuki corporation are not the same. My recommendation is that Chris is one of the best options we have. The decision is Suzuki company's.”

It is understood that a clause in this year's contract required him to be in the top six by the mid-point, whereas he is in fact seventh. But rumours that his contract will be terminated were, said Denning: “at this point, very premature. There are certain conditions that might change things.”

As for Ben Spies, he was under consideration, if a place became available. “The factory has been dealing with Ben and his management more than I have,” he said.

Yamaha is all settled: Valentino recently signed for two more years and Lorenzo has a year to run. Both Tech 3 riders are also contracted to stay next year.

Veteran Sete Gibernau is a surprise candidate for the second Kawasaki seat. The Spanish rider is currently on a second sabbatical year, after being dropped by Ducati in favour of Stoner, but has been testing effectively for the Ducati factory.

Another strong possibility to replace Anthony West is Marco Melandri, after Dovizioso rejected the green team's advances. John Hopkins has one more year of his contract to run, but the team is seeking a replacement for Anthony West. But the Australian rider, who has struggled to find form, may stay with Kawasaki, riding the factory-backed World 600 Supersport machine.
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Old 08-19-2008, 09:43 AM   #2
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It is confirmed, Melandri to Kawi next year

It has all but been confirmed, Nicky to Ducati....woot woot
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I think Nicky is making a big mistake. Just my .02
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I think the duc will be a good match for Nicky.
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I think the duc will be a good match for Nicky.
At least he'll be on the tires that he wants to be on. He's been complaining about the michelin's since he won the championship. He'll also be able to have the bike setup for him as opposed to riding pedrosa's test machine!

Just my opinion though!
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I think Nicky is making a big mistake. Just my .02
We'll have to wait and see....

I think the Ducati will suit Nikki's riding style better than the honda, more of a hammer as opposed to a scalpel.... I think he likes a bike that moves around a little more so that he gets a better feel for the grip the bike has.
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We'll have to wait and see....

I think the Ducati will suit Nikki's riding style better than the honda, more of a hammer as opposed to a scalpel.... I think he likes a bike that moves around a little more so that he gets a better feel for the grip the bike has.
AAHHHH.... Terms I can understand!

On a side note: Did anyone notice how/why stoner went down this weekend? I've heard the duc's rearsets are the lowest of any gp bike out there. Did this cause him to go down?
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ok, so you guys have seen how i always say Dingo FTW, now it will be Hayden and Dingo FTW!!!!
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well, , this means ill have to sell the rr and pick up a a duc....lol
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I think the statement about stoner being the only one able to ride the duc, might be true.
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AAHHHH.... Terms I can understand!

On a side note: Did anyone notice how/why stoner went down this weekend? I've heard the duc's rearsets are the lowest of any gp bike out there. Did this cause him to go down?
I don't think the rearsets caused the wreck. I think he was just pushing and made a mistake, lost the front. At that level, one error = fall. If you look at the lap times, Rossi didn't really get faster, Stoner made a mistake that cost him .3 seconds & then made another mistake and fell. He just screwed up.

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agreed look at all the mistakes he made at the begining of the season and watch him ride you can tell he's at the max the whole race, man look at laguna he rode the dog$hit outa that bike
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It has all but been confirmed, Nicky to Ducati....woot woot
Not going to make a difference IMO....
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Not going to make a difference IMO....
I think it will. Not the bike really, the atmospher(sp?) really. What I can tell, Ducati has a relaxed, supportive attitude. I think Nicky will do better in that type of enviorment, Stoner obviously did.

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I think the statement about stoner being the only one able to ride the duc, might be true.
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I think it will. Not the bike really, the atmospher(sp?) really. What I can tell, Ducati has a relaxed, supportive attitude. I think Nicky will do better in that type of enviorment, Stoner obviously did.

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Of course, anything is possible, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if Nicky got on with the Duck just fine. Nicky himself proclaimed he liked the "bigger" 990cc bike better and that it suited his more "point and shoot" riding style... as opposed to the long, flowing nature of the smaller 800cc machine...... and no wonder why Pedrosa has had more success on the new bike... being a 250cc World Champ and all.

As Nicky put it when he was on the 990... JUST RIDE THE WIGGLE... and that Duck sure knows how to shake its azz coming out of corner!!
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no kidding! if he could just keep it outa the gravel
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I also think Nicky will do better on the Duc, and I hope Sete will actually return!
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+100 on this one...but we will all see when the tires hit the pavement.
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