Coolhandbenny has got a point, cal is full of shit, and he doesn't have a natural talent such as Rossi, Stoner, MM etc and as iv said before it does make me smile when I see Cal likening himself to Rossi when he says they both have the same race lines and technique......I mean Cal, really ! It's uncomfortably embarrassing! .....so i have to agree with coolhandbeny when he generally describes Cal as a self appointed legend. We all know Cal has done too much yapping, that's brave considering he hasn't got the raw talent that others have on the grid.
However there is something about cal, I do think he could ride a factory bike fast, he'll never be the quickest and he's not as technical as dovi etc but one thing he does have is true British grit and that has the ability to get you further than some might think !
Putting the media and chatter about Cals personality and all the trackside bollox to one side for the moment, from a racing perspective, Cal is not an alien and never will be. If he goes to Ducati, I have quoted on here months ago that it will be a disaster for him to do that. He can be aggressive on the tec3 and get away with it, and I think he bins that bike to often, but the Ducati will swallow him and it will expose him for the average rider he is, fact. Look at Dovi now, quietly riding around averaging 7th,8th place. Cal is not as smooth or fast as dovi, so why would he bring that bike to the podium? I think ducati have fucked up if they have offered cal a seat.
Cal should have been wise, accept the 1 year offer with tec3 and continue to enjoy that bike as he is now, after all its doing him well. Then when Suzuki arrive, there's your factory seat, simple. He chose not to do that, because "he" thinks he's better. That's fine, I like confidence, but is it possible that he thinks he's better than what he actually is ?
Maybe he genuinely believes that he is and therefore I admire that he is sticking to his guns, which we have all done at some point as men, but I just wonder whether he should have thought about it longer term, in that Suzuki will probably produce a bike that will be better than the Ducati and give cal more of a chance to win.
I like him in moto gp, he's a character, full of shit on occasions, but he does have a desire to win that championship and he's hungry. That's the type of racer motogp needs.
Good luck to him