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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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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

Wasn't the same said about riders like Rossi and Melandri and look what happened going to Ducati is a dangerous.

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Jul 11

Posts: 1442

CHRainmaker says:

It's the best time to go.

With all the development and financial resources thrown at that bike in the past year or so, I think it's reasonable to think the 2013 bike could really throw the cat amongst the pigeons. Not only would be financially rewarding for Cal, it could also prove to be the masterstroke of good timing!

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Jun 11

Posts: 517

ratchetman says:


Casey is the only guy that has had decent results on the duke, but that was three years ago. I think if he jumped on the duke now he would really struggle. Both Honda and  Yamaha have raised the bar by at least a couple of notches while ducati  have stoood still. Ducati should pull the plug on MOTOGP because who ever rides the thing wont get decent results on the current bike. If a nine times world champion cant get results i dont think any one else will. including cal who is an extremly talented rider  Stick to WSB Ducati The series has just as much credibility and because the series is based on road bikes it sells more bikes   

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Jul 10

Posts: 366

DoomedDog says:

A lot

can happen in two years and for a British rider to be offered a two year contract in a works team is an opportunity not to be dismissed just because of past performance of that particular bike. And should he sign sooner rather than later it removes any pressure that deciding a contract brings. And it also means he doesn't have to be quite so kind when it comes to overtaking another Yamaha rider this year.

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Apr 11

Posts: 3024

Bultoboy says:

You're forgetting

That he doesn't have a free choice of bike for next year. He's waiting for offers, Yamaha / Tech 3 aren't waiting on him

If Yamaha or Tech 3 don't give him a ride, Ducati is the only option for a Motogp ride

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Jun 12

Posts: 2

solomc says:

Whatever Cal

rides next season, you know he's going to make maximum effort to get it to the front. I thought him coming to MotoGP last year was a mistake, but he managed to get through his rookie year okay. So probably he can do well on the Ducati, but most likely not til 2014 season.

Also why does Nicky Hayden get so over looked. He has beaten Rossi a fair few times this season. It'll be interesting to see if he's in the same boat as Stoner was at Ducati, with the bike masking his true ability. The fact he's managing the Ducati pretty well, it could mean if he was on a Honda or Yamaha he might be another contender for podiums.

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Apr 09

Posts: 477

1986vfr750 says:

cals ok but not great

Obviously the yamaha is the best bike this year as tech trois are challenging the factory bikes every race. Its the bike though not cal. Yes hes a good rider but hes no rossi beater on equal machinery. If he goes to ducati he willl look average like everyone else but casey

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Jul 11

Posts: 1442

CHRainmaker says:


You're forgetting the Yamaha has arguably been the best bike on the grid for years. Just look at the championships won in recent years - aside from the phenomenon that is Casey Stoner, the 3 other wins have been on the Yamaha.

 That being said, outside of the factory teams, what other rider on satellite machinery have done as well as Cal and Dovi on such a consistent level?
 You could argue that when Spies was at Tech 3 he didn't have as long on the bike as Crutchlow and with the Honda Simoncelli was beginning to show signs of being a championship contender. But let's not forget, Marco was riding essentially a factory bike and had all the support of a factory rider, so probably an unfair comparison.
 I think that if Cal were to get to grips with the Ducati, he would be a tough competitor and very hard to beat, and despite his history, even on equal machinery Crutchlow would be snapping at Rossi's heals whatever they were riding! 
Let's face facts, there really are only 2 real "Aliens" now, and one of them will be leaving the grid at the end of the year...

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Dec 10

Posts: 473

eddl says:

Quite obviously cal is in the right team at the right time but we should take nothing away from his results, look at spies at the mo whom im sure will turn it around, I think a move to ducati wouldn't be all bad and it maybe his only way to stay in the shop window so to speak, look at berbera/de-puniet/elias, et al all managing to stay in moto gp with out results so cal should take what ever is on the table.

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Aug 11

Posts: 313

ChupaChump says:

Turkey voting for Christmas...

What else is Nicky supposed to say in this situation? I think Nicky has been a loyal employee and should keep his job and Vale should go elsewhere or retire. As for Cal, if the only factory ride available is the Ducati, then he should accept the big pay cheque and give it a go. His future at Yamaha isn't certain anyway if Spies retains his ride and Herve is crazy enough to honour his 'offer' to Bradley Smith...

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