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Old Oct 04, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Part 2

Andrea Dovisiozo. A step up in pay, works support and the chance to further the work left unfinished by Vale and Jerry Burgess. Audi influence and support. He may just have lucked into a great ride, but not yet... A year or so maybe before I see him up the pointy end battling regularly for podiums and wins. He'll have a few shiny moments next year for sure. Long term, quite a few cogs have got to turn in unison to turn around Ducati's luck and performance. Either way, I'm sure he will be pleased.

Nicky Hayden. Still battling away trying to get the fickle red rocket to perform. He can ride fast, but how long can that keep him on that bike. Lots of Moto2 riders are maturing and will be eyeing up a ride for 2014. He must do better next year or he'll find himself out of a ride.

Cal Crutchlow. Probably dodged a bullet not getting the Ducati contract. Tech 3 are not short of pace and are THE satellite team of the past few years. Yamaha are showing great support not only from the team but also the other works riders (remember Jorge showing Cal the 'stay calm' hand gesture at the 'start' of the Misano GP?) Much improved but with the odd slight error. MUST sort out his first 3 laps of a race as this is where he is losing out the most. VR could be a good influence on him, we shall see.

Karel Abraham.
If it wasn't for his old boy owning the team, would have been out of contract next year. A dismal season in 2012. Must improve dramatically next year.

Stefan Bradl. If he keeps going like he has, will be a contender for Dani's works ride fairly soon. Very impressive first season.

Alvaro Bautista. A dismal year and he will be counting his blessings if he is still on a GP bike next year. Ditto Hector Barbera.

Expect the CRT teams to shuffle riders around like the casino dealer shuffles cards. David Salom has had 2 outings, now sacked. Money talks and if a better rider comes along with more in his pocket... Hopefully we will see CRT improve to a strong midfield battle consistently next year. Like it or not, this class is the future, until such time as MotoGP can attract the kind of money Bernie has worked so hard over the years to bring to Formula One.
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