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Old 01-Nov-2004, 11:58 PM
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oh dear oh dear oh dear ...

Just one day after the end of the 2004 MotoGP World Championship, the Ducati Marlboro Team returned to the Valencia circuit to commence its winter testing programme with Loris Capirossi and new signing Carlos Checa.

Checa tried the Desmosedici GP4 for the first time this afternoon, clocking a best lap of 1min 34.0secs. That is 0.3secs faster than his fastest lap from Sunday's season ending Valencia Grand Prix, when he finished 14th on a factory Yamaha M1, but 0.21secs slower than the best race lap by outgoing Ducati rider Troy Bayliss
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Old 02-Nov-2004, 12:10 AM
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0.21 secs slower than Bayliss seems pretty damn good for his first outing.

We'll all be cheering him on next year (except maybe the Aussies - Tony!!!)
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Old 02-Nov-2004, 12:17 AM
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Cheering for Checa?

Like F**(*)$^%))(&^%(^))(&)%^)$(&*)*%^!! I will be!!!!!

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Old 02-Nov-2004, 01:18 AM
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0.21 secs slower than Bayliss seems pretty damn good for his first outing.
.. on a clear track, no race pressure, new tyres ...
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Old 02-Nov-2004, 12:28 PM
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Cheering for Checa?

Like F**(*)$^%))(&^%(^))(&)%^)$(&*)*%^!! I will be!!!!!

[Edited on 1-11-2004 by tp-996]

Dry you're eyes mate, no point being bitter, might as well be murphys!
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Old 02-Nov-2004, 12:35 PM
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0.21 secs slower than Bayliss seems pretty damn good for his first outing.
.. on a clear track, no race pressure, new tyres ...

And with a whole weekends data to boot....
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Old 02-Nov-2004, 12:57 PM
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well said weeksy. I like Bayliss but as you say he is history now. Seems like perphaps people want Checa to fail before he has turned a wheel in anger.
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Old 05-Nov-2004, 05:21 PM
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Ian, checa will fail sorry i mean fall !!!!!!! no doubt about it, the guy couldnt keep up with valentino in the dry,mind you not many others could either

ducati better have lots of carbon if they also keep xaus in the dantin team

the data will have helped but its not his own data its what the team have which will be different to what he wants, that time was good considering it was first time on a new bike but when you get paid $3.000.000 + p.a. shouldnt you just be able to ride fast and then do it CONSISTENTLY, that will be chuckers main problem

lets wait for 2005 and see what happens
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Old 05-Nov-2004, 05:44 PM
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Why we are all making excuses for Bayliss i don't know.... The king is dead, long live the King.....


Get over it chaps, he's gone.... whether you like Checa or think he'll do great is not insignificant.... he's the Factory rider and must be supported as such.

Because he's a legend and Ducati f***ed up by getting rid of him and putting Chubby in.

I'll support who I always support, Ducati and almost any Aussie on a bike.

... but I'll find great amusement in seeing Chubby chuck the Ducati down the road
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Why we are all making excuses for Bayliss i don't know.... The king is dead, long live the King.....


Get over it chaps, he's gone.... whether you like Checa or think he'll do great is not insignificant.... he's the Factory rider and must be supported as such.

Because he's a legend and Ducati f***ed up by getting rid of him and putting Chubby in.

I'll support who I always support, Ducati and almost any Aussie on a bike.

... but I'll find great amusement in seeing Chubby chuck the Ducati down the road

You know it....

I'm with you Tony, cheers for Ducati, cheers for Troy
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