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Matthew Birt  says:

Nicky Hayden unsure Cal Crutchlow’s style will suit Ducati

Nicky Hayden says he is not convinced that Cal Crutchlow’s aggressive and all-action riding style will match with Ducati’s factory Desmosedici like some people have predicted. Crutchlow himself has spoken of the fact that his riding style is similar to that of reigning MotoGP world champion Casey Stoner, who remains the only rider to master the Ducati after he won the...

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Apr 09

Posts: 1402

Richard1967 says:


Well of course he says that , even if he's right , hes just saving his berth

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Apr 11

Posts: 3516

Bultoboy says:

Riding Styles

One one hand he says Cal isn't like Stoner because he is aggressive on the bike, when he watched Stoner on the Ducati he was smooth and let the bike move around, people only think you need to be aggressive with it

Then he says Cal will suit the Ducati because he is aggressive and that is what the Ducati needs in order to heat the tyres.

Sometimes I think there is far too much bullshit analysis about riding styles

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Oct 11

Posts: 197

SundayRoast says:


Personally, I think Cal would be mad to go to Ducati. Hayden is one of the most agressive riders out there and proved this when he won the title (and lets not forget the fact that Nicky is an ex champ).

If he cannot get the Ducati to work then Cal wont either. If Cal is looking at the title it wont happen on a Ducati.

If he is looking to ride for 4th or 5th places then Ducati will suffice but he may as well stay with T3 to achieve that. At least he may get the odd podium with the T3.


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May 10

Posts: 318

parris says:

You don't sign with ducati to get results

Its pretty simple. He only goes to ducati for the money. None of his fans want him to go to ducati unless its in Cals interest to bank some money. He stays at Yamaha to get results. Most fans including me want him to stay competitive. The only difference is I understand that he needs to make some money during his career and this might be his best chance to pull in the big bucks for a while.

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Jun 11

Posts: 2566

PaceyCasey says:

If Cal is looking at the title it wont happen on a Ducati.

Unlikely to happen whatever he's riding in all honesty. I believe he'll go to Ducati, but he'll go there even happier should the new engine show promise. Take the ride Cal and enjoy being a factory rider and all the trappings it brings.

Nicky say's Cal's style won't suit. Vale (recently) say's it will. Take your pick.

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Dec 10

Posts: 474

eddl says:

if Cal is looking at the title it wont happen on a Ducati!!! what title would he be looking at? it aint motogp is it? ffs iv'e got more chance of being world champ than cal (well maybe not but you know what i mean), only a totally deluded fan would believe with the depth of talent out there that cal could be world champion, I personally would rate dovi above cal as the most likely to get the yam works ride,and he had 3 yrs on a works honda and and got sacked! I reckon johnny rea is and would be faster, don't think im a cal basher im not he's done great this year but them yams aren't hard to ride are they

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Jan 04

Posts: 287

R6nutter6 says:

The Ducati is a career killer. The only master was Casey and Vale has been brought down to earth with a bang. Until they sort the chassis correctly it wil continue to be a pig and if Cal signs for Ducati, he'll be doing himself no favours other than lining his pockets and fighting CRT's.

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Feb 09

Posts: 237

tris123 says:

Cal to Ducati

I’m not so sure any more that it would be a bad move.  Next year there will probably be a bigger difference between the factory and satellite teams.  If Ducati can sort the problems with their bike then Cal would be on a better bike.  If not he probably won’t be any or much worse off than he is now.  Obviously being on a factory bike won’t hurt the pocket either.

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Feb 08

Posts: 276

Trumpton3 says:

No way Pedro

Cal is NOT going to Ducati and is bluffing to get the works Yamaha bike that he really wants. What idiot would consider a Ducati ride knowing you could make a tit of yourself and watch your career go tits up within 2 years.

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Mar 08

Posts: 315

vmax4steve says:

Interesting that he says Stoner let the bike move around and didn't fight it, could be his dirt track experience gave him the confidence for that. Maybe the Ducati has to be ridden that way to heat the tyres, especially the front. In other words don't ride the bike aggressively but allow the bike it's natural aggressiveness and go with it. How come Nicky can't do it then, after all he also has dirt track experience. Maybe one has to turn the electronics right down low like Stoner did for the bike to behave like that. Maybe the new tyres heat up too easily and can't last when the bike is ridden this way, after all Stoner always chose the hard compound front and rear, ran last in the warm up lap so he could work the tyre hard and come last into his grid slot keeping the temperature up so he could gun it from the off and keep it there, had to keep it there to keep the temperature in the tyres.


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