Combined with not quite world classs rider talent and new inexperienced teams (HMC?Who? Competition?What? - compare to FBF and Vance and Hines) plus a little bad luck (Scott Russel), the Ducatis are out for this year at least. Next season has Ducati Corse taking over which should draw better riders and and faster bikes. The US ducati riders are on basically last seasons bikes, whereas Ben, Troy and Rueben are on the new Testastretta motors..... but the final choice? ANYONE ELSE BUT MATT MLADIN!