Will Ducati Lose Philip Morris Sponsorship?

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Definitely not the best period for Ducati and their MotoGP team, but anyway, at least they've got some decent improvements for the new season machine. Unfortunately, one of their big sponsors, Philip Morris, has sent out a strong message they're might pull out of MotoGP in 2014.
With Ben Spies and Andrea Iannone injured, Nicky Hayden announcing he'll be packing at the end of the season and only Andrea Dovizioso bringing in noticeable points, Ducati has not been able to make cigarette giant Philip Morris too happy. While Philip Morris has not declared this was a definitive decision, it's only very clear that they are truly unhappy with their investments at Ducati.

GP Inside also mentions Tech 3's Herve Poncharal apparently resigned as far as Cal Crutchlow is concerned: "I cannot criticize Cal, we will get double or maybe triple what he makes with us and we cannot match this."

Whether Crutchlow will accept a Borgo Panigale factory seat is yet unclear, but it seems like there is a consensus on Ducati currently being a career-killer.

And not because Hayden was let go for 2014, but because nobody has managed to do anything truly significant aboard a Ducati MotoGP bike for so many years, and it's obvious that even the new lab bike is far from being able to threaten Honda or Yamaha in a credible way.

Even more, we doubt Crutchlow doesn't see this, but the decision is up to him. Some even suggested he could sign a 1-year deal with Ducati and see whether the new bike is any good. And by "good" we mean "good for podiums".
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