2013 WSBK No-Spoiler Catch-All Thread

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  1. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Carmelo Ezpeleta was the source of the "34 engines per season" comments. It was a distortion to further his agenda.
  2. Mr Head

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    Yeah I keep forgetting about the KLR's.:lol3

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    So freshened or complete would count as a motor,so Aprilia would still have a challenge to make it very far into the season in MotoGP as a full factory effort.

    Anyway I read that as anticipated the India round is cancelled for 2013 WSBK. Guess we won't see more cobra's chasing bikes.
  3. mdubya

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    GP One says Aprilia and Melandri have verbally agreed to terms for next year. None other than Max Biaggi encouraged Marco to join the team.

    Next: dogs and cats getting married.

    Melandri had even said earlier in the week that he wouldn't rule out a return to Ducati.

    :lurk
  4. mdubya

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    Race 1 from Nurburgring.

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  5. mdubya

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  6. mdubya

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    Nicky Hayden will test a Ducati Panigale Superbike at either Misano or Mugello (depending on where you read :deal ) in Ducati's attempt to sign him for SBK.

    I would imagine it would take a contract similar $$$ to his current Moto GP contract to keep him.
  7. mdubya

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  8. WoodButcher

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  9. stevie88

    stevie88 That's gotta hurt

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    Noooooooo! Nicky, say it ain't so!
  10. mdubya

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    Tested it today at Mugello.

    He has also been spotted in and around Noale as recently as Monday. Noale is where Aprilia's headquearters is located.
  11. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    I think racing has been pretty good for Aprilia once they landed Max Biaggi. He definitely sold superbikes for them here in New England. Their CRT seems to be capturing attention too. Hiring Nick would be a coup for that company. He's probably better at selling motorcycles than anybody in MotoGP since Troy Bayliss.
  12. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    Nicky on an Aprillia would be a good thing I think. A new direction with a company that would presumably be excited to have him on board, as well as willing to do everything possible to get him nearer the front.
  13. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Fixed :thumb

    I doubt the rest of the world likes Nicky quite as much as the folks in the US.
  14. ErikY.

    ErikY. Here, Now.

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    I'm not so sure of that. He's a great character as well as a great rider and that translates well (in my opinion via experiences overseas).
  15. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    I'm a big fan of Nicky and I agree he's a very likable bloke but I still don't think the rest of the world see him the same way Americans do - they have their own heroes for a start.
  16. Parx400

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    I agree, he is useful for a company that wants to promote their brand in the US. He has been a great spokesmen for Ducati in the US and their sales have been great here. I would love to see Aprila make that kind of push for the US market.
  17. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Totally agree - he would be a great addition to any team from a US marketing perspective, he's a very marketable guy.
  18. mdubya

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    He has the second highest amount of followers on twitter (of all Moto GP riders), right behind a certain G.O.A.T.

    I think you might be surprised just how popular a certain perennial 8th place finisher is, world wide. Why do you think there is such a big fuss to keep him in Moto GP?
  19. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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    Because the US is a big sports-bike market and apart from Colin Edwards there are no US riders :dunno

    He's a great guy, but he just isn't as marketable outside the US.
  20. mdubya

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    Like I said, I think you would be surprised.