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Ducati quits AMA Superbike

Come on its about time. We all know that Ducati cant keep up with the top three especially Suzuki. Duc lovers but its fate that brought them down and if you cant run with the big dogs, walk away.
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I disagree. The ducs are more than capable. They achieved their market goal and pulled out. Racing is expensive. I still foresee them returning after their new motor is allowed in the AMA rules.

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You cant compete with three bikes in the whole field. Suzuki usually runs over24 at some races in which many time they take first, second and third for most of the season. One thing we must face is if they do come back, which IMO I doubt, the top three will have something better to stay on top as they always do.
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I disagree. The ducs are more than capable. They achieved their market goal and pulled out. Racing is expensive. I still foresee them returning after their new motor is allowed in the AMA rules.

The only reason they raced AMA was to sell bikes in America...which they have done quite successfully. It is "millions expensive" to engineer and support factory bikes/teams in 3 circuits. Ducati is a small company. They are concentrating their racing on the world circuits, where they have run for years, and the rules let them compete. they will lobby for changes at AMA that will allow their bikes to be competitive and they will be back.

In 2005 Ducati finished 2nd in the AMA points with 509...ahead of Honda's 453 and Kawi's 312 and Yammi's 180. Suzuki had 593... looks kinda competitive...

HD did the same thing in NHRA...
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Come on its about time. We all know that Ducati cant keep up with the top three especially Suzuki. Duc lovers but its fate that brought them down and if you cant run with the big dogs, walk away.
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Rumor mill is stirring the pot for a 749 in Formula Xtreme in '07? W/ Larry Pegram on board? Could it be as ill fated as the Doug Chandler attempt? Will it be factory backed? All season or just for the Daytona 200?
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As stated in 2 Wheel Tuner (Nov) they are taking at leat a year off on the AMA North American Superbike. They are pulling the plug on the Duc 999. I am not saying that I hate Ducs, just wanted to share some news.
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[QUOTE=smileyman;260504]Rumor mill is stirring the pot for a 749 in Formula Xtreme in '07? W/ Larry Pegram on board? Could it be as ill fated as the Doug Chandler attempt? Will it be factory backed? All season or just for the Daytona 200?[/QUOTE/]

That would rock I hope to see that myself I love ducati they are my favorite bikes to hear blast by in turn three a RA.

[/QUOTE/]I disagree. The ducs are more than capable. They achieved their market goal and pulled out. Racing is expensive. I still foresee them returning after their new motor is allowed in the AMA rules.[/QUOTE/]

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As stated in 2 Wheel Tuner (Nov) they are taking at leat a year off on the AMA North American Superbike. They are pulling the plug on the Duc 999. I am not saying that I hate Ducs, just wanted to share some news.
Pulling the plug because they knew they were dropping the 999 production. They cant comply with AMA rules of racing a bike they don't build anymore and the new motor isn't allowed in current rules.

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