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Old 02-14-2002, 05:34 AM   #11
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I think Bubba has what it takes, if he can stop crashing. But then again, a lot of these hot-dog 125 pilots flame out when they get to the 250's. Bubba has the speed that a lot of them have. What he has in addition is determination, which some appear to be lacking. Case in point: what the heck happened to Buckelew!? Highly touted mini-racer, hit the 125's, and has struggled after a flashy start in his first few races. I don't mean to pick on Justin, he's had some hard luck too... no doubt. He is still a kid and will probably pull it together soon. He's just struggling a lot lately, as many do.



Of course, it's very easy for me to sit here and type this, I'm no racer, and I certainly do NOT have what it takes to do it even on a local level. I crash about 4 times on any given lap of a motocross track, unless I am just po-dunking it. I totally respect their talent, just saying that "at the pro-level", speed ain't all it seems to take.



Bubba has gotten up after all of his crashes and has chased down the field. He doesn't appear to let a setback defeat him like some might. Carmichael has that same gritty determination. I remember watching him in a 125 outdoor race a few years back where he crashed and came from dead last to either win or take a close second.. can't recall. Hell, he's probably done both cases several times! If he stays healthy, he'll win and

win and win for a long time.



I can't wait 'till he (Bubba) gets to the 250's. By then, perhaps Pastrana will have stopped crashing too!



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Old 02-14-2002, 05:43 AM   #12
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Yeah, Ricky's taken a lot of heat about the move to Honda. I don't know, I've been a Kawi guy for a while, and I was sad to see him leave Team Green. I can't say for sure I wouldn't have taken the $$ either though b/c it was substantial. He did win them like, what, 6 or 7 championships at least... can't say they didn't get something out of him. I don't dislike Honda, per se, just that they tend to 'buy' their championships. Kawi nurtures along the mini-kids and brings them into the pro-ranks, which is very cool of them. Their farm-system is great. Wish I was good enough to have gotten in there!, but alas, I suck and have no natural talent.



I guess Carmichael is going to have a Bradshaw-esque type of fan-base... love him or hate him. I hated 'Bad-shaw' back in the day b/c he was a bastard, and I was a Kawi guy pulling for Ward (Jeff), Kidrowski (sp?) and LaRocco and those guys. However, I started watching Bradshaw in the Arenacross stuff and I'm now a fan of his. Probably b/c he's getting up there, has mellowed, and I like seeing and older guy like me kick a** on the kids! ha!



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Old 02-14-2002, 07:40 AM   #13
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witnesses claim to have heard a pop from the grassy knoll lol.

I agree Pastrana was too wide into the corner and tried to jump to the inside, so RC wouldn't be doing his job if hadn't blocked Travvy.
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Old 02-14-2002, 10:44 PM   #14
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I agree with you about the determination of Stewart and Carmichael, and wish that Pastrana could learn a little from them. He needs to focus on racing. But as far a bringing Buckelew into this, he just doesn't fit. Stewart and Carmichael are extreme examples of greatness. They don't need the media to help create them, there records speak for themselves. By the way Stewart has the best amature record of all times. He also has had the best freshman year I have seen of any Supercross rider.
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Old 02-15-2002, 02:43 AM   #15
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Well, that's why I mention Buckelew. He also won a lot in the mini-ranks, but seems to have struggled in the big leagues. I agree with you about perhaps this being yet another 'media wonder-boy'. Yeah, I saw Stewart win that last race to beat Carmichael's record.. kinda funny how that happened the same year Carmichael went down to the 125's to beat Barnett's record. Didn't Bradshaw win his first year out in the 125E?.. I recall him winning a bunch of races in dominating style too. He was a kid, like 16 or 17 or maybe 18, but I think it was more like 16 or 17. Stewart could wind up doing the same thing, IMHO.

Of course, there's those Alessi brothers coming up in a few years too. Man!, this is going to be great stuff in 250's in about 4-5 years. We'll have the aging vet Carmichael (at all of 25 or 26 yrs old!), Pastrana, Stewart, these Alessi kids (if they pan out of course), and all the rest, and certainly an unknown or two.



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Old 02-15-2002, 09:17 AM   #16
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Bradshaw, at least for another couple of months, is the youngest to win an AMA championship. I think he was loaded with talent, but lacked the needed dertimination. I was also hoping that he would excel in Arenacross. As far as the Alessi brother are concerned, we are damn lucky. They help gaurantee a bright future for the sport, if they pan out.
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