Ducati should spend more money in the USA on racing. They got where they are today because of the success of FBF yet for some reason the feel they need three factory bikes in SBK an no official effort here. Honda has one bike in SBK and three factory bikes in the US. Honda is number one in market share and has been shut out of the championship for three long years but you get the feeling that this year they are going to spend whatever it takes to be number one again. Why because they know that buyers pay attention to who is winning and that translates into sales. I know that B Bostrom is on the SBK team which takes away some of the pain but come on Ducati, riding on past success will not sell new 998's state side. Like everyone else I think it would be great if Chandler get the second ride but I am not so sure that HMC has matured enough to handle one 998R never mind two.
Win on Sunday sell on Monday has been a formula that has worked for almost 40 years in motorsports.
If you read the motorcycle press in the UK you'll see that the ZX6R is the most popular sportbike currently. Winning the AMA 600 crown and the World Supersport crown has equated directly to interest and sales for Kawasaki.
I really hope HMC fields another machine in AMA - as much as I made fun of H-D and the pitiful effort they put together for the last several years I do miss the extra competition they brought. Watching the H-D bikes burst into flames and listening to the backfiring as they went around the track led to many a joke fest.
Obviously, the Ducati effort will be more competitive and will be more likely to place in the top five or even win a race or two. H-D had no chance of victory.
And Chandler is supposedly going to Austin/Blue Bayou or whatever the heck of the other ex-harley team was..../images/icons/frown.gif
Can your rider without a replacement? What was HMC thinking?/images/icons/shocked.gif/images/icons/shocked.gif/images/icons/shocked.gif/images/icons/shocked.gif/images/icons/shocked.gif