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Matthew Birt  says:

Aspar resigned to losing Hector Barbera

Spanish rider Hector Barbera seems a certainty to move to the Pramac Ducati squad in 2012 after his current Aspar squad confirmed it will split with the Bologna factory at the end of the season. The Aspar squad, owned by former 125GP world champion Jorge Martinez, had initially planned to expand to a two-rider Ducati effort for 2012. But a shortfall in...

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Mar 09

Posts: 5202

Nostrodamus says:

Still a bit of shuffling before 2012

So Barbera to Pramac? RdeP where - LCR? I thought Pramac were talking a down grade to 1 bike.

He's done well Barbera, gradual progress and deserves to keep a factory bike. A shame as a big part of the problem with CRT's will be their third tier riders. Second tier Edwards will be a benchmark of sorts. But how willing will he be at 37 to push beyond his comfort zone? Then again the only way to progress is to put yourself in the shop window - ala Stoner in 2006. Hopefully a couple of young tigers will prove their mettle on CRT's.

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Jun 09

Posts: 887

aquarius says:


Speaking of the costs of parts - who would be a Team owner or the bean-counter responsible for paying the bills for them? It has to be a one-way ticket to stress City. Poor Fausto Gresini watching Simoncelli earlier in the season...

For your interest – here are a few 2011 prices for RC212V parts: -
Carbon fibre fairing & seat unit = 19,500 Pounds Sterling – Marchesini rear wheel = 1,900 Pounds – Ohlins TRSP forks = 17,800 Pounds – HRC radiator set = 21,000 Pounds – HRC Handlebar set = 2,300 Pounds – HRC left-hand side crankcase cover = 4,900 Pounds – and so on. Scary, eh? Actually having the bike hit something solid at speed just doesn’t bear thinking about!

Every time Casey, Dani, Dovi or Simmo high-sides, cartwheels into the kitty litter, or goes for the long slide along the seal - someone somewhere is grimacing, grinding their teeth and reaching for the calculator. When Stoner went past Lorenzo on the OUTSIDE at 265 and on up to 300 klicks At Laguna Seca, cresting the hill blind and flat out in 6th out of Turn 1 and into 2 – the HRC guy must have blanched almost took an infarction and reached for another handful of antacid tablets. Cheers

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Mar 09

Posts: 294

Mort77 says:

Cost of Marquez

IMO if Marquez does step up to motogp next year then 2103 will be the year Dani loses his chosen one seat at Repsol Honda. As far as the prices goes - well none of the factories are in the charities but the cost of parts still seems rather excessive to my Scottish wallet!

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Apr 11

Posts: 3354

Bultoboy says:


He is reluctant to ride a CRT machine and wants to maintain his relationship with Ducati

Given his efforts this year and apparent desire to continue with the Ducati, Ducati could do worse than field a 3rd full factory bike next year with him on it. He may do quite well on it, and also shake up the current order.

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Sep 11

Posts: 305

Not a bad idea

All things considered

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Mar 09

Posts: 5202

Nostrodamus says:

Don't rule out Barbera in factory colours Bultoboy

Although if so it would remain a two rider team....

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