Sorry Billy but no, he didn't jump ship for the money.
We're laymen, we talk a good race and an even better desire to be WC but Cal is living it.
Be honest, he was never going to be WC on the Tech 3 and he was on 300k a year(?, just figure i heard) and he gets the call from Ducati: Works, yes, full Works bike (like the Yams and Honda's, ish, you know what i mean, they have to get it right sometime don't they?) offering 5 milion.
Seriously, you'd say, Actually, i have to win the WC (but not on my present bike, it's not good enough and the 4 seats capable of winning a WC are tied up tight) so thank you but I'll stay on a bike capable of 4/5th at best without catastrophic failure by the top 4 bikes (not necessarilly riders) to give you a result?
We're not fighting for a WC, we're not trying to get a dog of a bike to work in the glare of the world, it's easy to say "should have stayed at Tech3 and see what Yam might offer" but with Pol, a very decent rider despite my initial misgivings snapping at his heels with a Yam contract wedged firmly in his sky you'd have taken the satellite 300K over the Works 5 million?
Course you would.
Please don't come back with the usual "Should have the ambition to go for the WC over everyting" bollocks.
I'll say it again, he was never going to win a WC on the Tech3, any more than \Pol or Brad is or do you disagree or believe without a factory contract like Pol he had any chance of getting a Works Yam?
Frankly and embarrassingly for some, he did exactly what every one of us would do when it's our job, not some fantasy motogp jolly, we all have MCN for that particular folly, I'd take the 5 mil with the chance the Ducati wasn't as bad as they said, just like I'd take suzuki's money for the privelege.
Who wouldn't, truthfully?