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Old Mar 18th 2019, 09:01 AM   #21
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Bautista rides the shit outta that girl!!! lol I saw somewhere a guy was saying its all bike. Aaaaa NOPE! there's no question the bike is very very good but then so is the pilot! Just look at the other V4 riders and they aren't even close to what Bautista is doing. I hope he keeps going and trumps the shit out of the field! If they penalize Ducati and make them lower their RPM's that would be total BS! Let the other Mfg.’s play catch up and build something great like Ducati has done. Either that or at the next race just give all the teams trophies and a pat on their ass and send them home. EVERYBODY IS A WINNER! LOL (Not quite)
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 09:46 AM   #22
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Bautista is a MotoGP 125cc Champion. So yeah, given the right bike he's gonna be good!
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 10:20 AM   #23
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Agree with earlier post ref Wsbk being in trouble with low grid numbers. Thsi will be compounded if (when....??) Bautista wins the next 6 straight. It could get very boring very quickly, which is not good for sponsors etc. Just saying.
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 11:23 AM   #24
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 11:38 AM   #25
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Originally Posted by DucSyd View Post
I hate to say it, but Rea is not handling this well, he is saying some very sad things. I was a fan, but losing faith.
Bautista is riding the wheels off the V4, he’s crossed up going into those tight corners with the front sliding, awesome. Rea has no answer.
Demolished them again in the superpole sprint race. Good to see Davies creeping up and the Yamaha’s are nipping at the Kawasaki’s heels. BMW has some work to do, but Honda WTF?
Gotta go watch race 2
I agree with what you said on Rea.

He just doesn't have an answer for AB. He doesn't know what to do.

He's riding faster and better than last year at the same two tracks, he loves the new bike and his crew, he's not handling it very well. It's written all over his face
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 12:02 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by BenF04 View Post
Could it be that one of the reasons that the Bautista is doing so well and that Chaz is struggling is that the the works V4R is a lot closer to a MotoGP bike than the Panigale and it may be closer transition for him ?

Other would that Bautista is a completely different level of talent..
I do think that's it, spot on. Exactly the reason they brought AB from MotoGP. He didn't really lose the ride. He works for Ducati, He wasn't a top contender with his Moto GP results. They knew Chaz would struggle on the new bike(not his style of riding) and they wanted and needed quick results in World Superbike. Good move for Ducati to play it the way they did.
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 12:06 PM   #27
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Ducati has come right out and said the v4 is based on the GP16, and thats was Bautista's last full time Moto GP ride, If he brings home the WSBK championship for Ducati, who knows there might be a real carrot dangling on the end of that deal.
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Old Mar 18th 2019, 12:08 PM   #28
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How about BMW being so far down on top end power that Sykes can barely compete. The new 1000RR torque numbers are great for street riding but it's killing them out there in the races.

I love Rea's comment in Australia after the race. "Nothing can replace Horsepower"
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maybe its the winglets



definitely put a damper on wheelie celebrations at the final turn even thou AB had a few turns advantage to square up the straight and let one killer no look nak nak one wheel head nod wheelie from hell . LOL
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Old Mar 19th 2019, 10:34 AM   #30
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maybe its the winglets



definitely put a damper on wheelie celebrations at the final turn even thou AB had a few turns advantage to square up the straight and let one killer no look nak nak one wheel head nod wheelie from hell . LOL
Yep, it's definitely the Winglets

AB weighs a tad more than the downforce from the winglets put on the bike(66pounds), so it's impossible for him to wheelie for long periods.
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