Sorry for the slow reply, just spent the day swanning around Phillip Island - I'll have to post a couple of pics soon.....
Can't say I can recommend using the super soft SC1 on the rear even in the cooler weather, is well and truely shagged after about 40 laps.
True story about Troy, when I saw he was second fastest in the morning wet session I went and wacked a fiver on him for the win (and another on Biaggi!! What was I thinking??). So it looks like no new shoes for the boy for a few more weeks
The answer: let him run the old clanger of an 03 model, sure it smoked the tyres most of the way round, but is a mile better than this new POS they've given him. Bit like Frankie C in the supers
Much as it pains me to say it but Ducati seem to be barking up the wrong tree in their design.
Troy is good at jumping on any bike and making it go fast like in the SBK. But with prototypes, the rider is critical in getting the right development direction. Witness Checa's last qualifying- I bet that many of the settings for his bike trickled down from Rossi's, without which he was wallowing midfield to worse.
That said, I think that there will be a couple of tracks which the new Ducs will be spectacular at (I hope anyway) because it seems to be more optimised in a certain way emphasising the strengths but also the weakness.
Also the times at the front have dropped dramatically this year which makes everything else look worse.
Biaggi seems a new man this year. No more bitchin', aggresively chasing which he never liked to do and sliding the rear tyre??? Since when did a 250 rider pull that one? He always rode the front. Anyway full marks to him.
Poor old Troy.... he's had more crashes than me recently.
Everything looked good with a 2nd row start and off the line, but out of the first corner he had already been dropped into obscurity and then faded away, was overtaken by Xaus and crashed on the penultimate lap........
Re-wind the tape to Donnington and if it weren't for his amazing speedway skills he would have been off there too. What to do ??
Commentators made reference to a fisty-cuffs between Biaggi and Hodgson... can anyone elaborate on that.
I would be surprised if Troy is with Ducati next year after this years poor results........ if the bike hasn't exploded he's thrown it away. Lorry hasn't really faired too much better since their first year.
Apparently Max rolled off the throttle which ran Neil onto the dirt
Neil then tracked him down afterwards and had a shot at him - not sure that anything was actually thrown??