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Hey GD,

What we gonna do to help Troy get some scores on the doors. He was fastest in the wet warm up, second fastest in second qualifying (also in the wet) and then drops it "at walking pace" on lap 2.

I'm a huge Bayliss fan, what can we do to help him get his mojo back ?
 

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Wet behind the ears

I'm a bit out of touch, but I guess he wasn't performing a la Silverstone SBK 02?
 

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Yep,

he binned it twice, ended up 5th, and may even have set a fastest lap. I guess from what you are saying he's a little scared of the rain....
 

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Well,

Arrived here in what was meant to be Autumn. Still haven't unpacked the long trousers... It's great mate.

The little fella will love it (when he and the missus eventually get here)
 

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Sorry for the slow reply, just spent the day swanning around Phillip Island - I'll have to post a couple of pics soon..... :D

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 :rolleyes:

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 :thumb:
 

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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.
 

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Bayliss Comes off again

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.

Great ride from Sete.
 

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Bad to worse

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
:rolleyes: Neil then tracked him down afterwards and had a shot at him - not sure that anything was actually thrown??
 

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nevermind the GP...

... Did you see the 250cc race? Did anyone else think it was a farce?
 

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farce indeed.

I thought Pedrosa took it well though.
They need some rule changes soon. You can't have half the field crusin to the pit while the rest race on.

OK the rules say race on, but you can't blame the man at the front for putting his hand up if he thinks it's dangerous. It's his balls on the line after all. :cool:

Anybody know why the rules are different for each class. :rolleyes:
 

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But are they?

Despite what the Starsport commentators were saying, the regs look the same in that respect. You can read and download them here. Take a look at Road Racing, Sporting Regs, 1.25 Interruption of a Race.

Maybe someone can spot something I didn't.
 

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They lurve it

1-4 The Road said:
I definitely can't spot the connection. Anyway, it wasn't for your benefit: it's very comfy and the burds like it, so what do I care?:2cents::cool:
Course they like it, your paying them to like it:eyebrows:
 
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