Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: SF Bay Area
I Ride: '06 ZX6R, '14 Ninja 1000, '08 FJR, '06 GSXR 600, '11 KTM 690 Enduro R, '08 GSXR750
Who knows...I do think Davies is the better option between the two of them. I mean results speak for themselves in the last few years. But Melandri is a pretty solid rider. Maybe they think he's a bit too old? Maybe he's a prick and they don't like to work with him? No idea...but maybe they just really really wanted Bautista for some reason so they had to let one go.
Melandri looks to me to be the Pedrosa of SBK. Good enough to hang onto a factory ride but time has passed by.
I guess it depends on how the team looks at the riders, both from a results standpoint, and from a fan interest perspective.
In this case, an Italian rider on the Ducati factory bike seems a better marketing story than a somewhat forgettable Spaniard from MotoGP, but maybe there's a back story to it? Bautista's married to the daughter of the Ducati CEO, Melandri's girlfriend is too frickin' distracting (at least for me), etc...
If I was sitting in the Ducati team center, I'd pick a younger rider with some broader appeal if I was going to shit can Melandri. How about Fenati? I hear he's available....
'06 ZX6R, '08 FJR1300, '06 GSXR 600, '14 Ninja 1000, '11 KTM 690 Enduro, '08 GSXR750
On the Ninja - Galfer rotors, '09 calipers, Brembo RCS M/C, Beet exhaust, Carrozzeria wheels, Ohlins cartridge kit, Ohlins Shock, Ohlins damper, Woodcraft rearsets, Healtech QuickshifterEasy