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Old 03-21-2002, 11:08 AM   #1
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Cool. It's good to know he'll be racing again. Bummer about Pascal, though. From the sound of it, he got a raw deal.



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Old 03-21-2002, 11:53 AM   #2
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Niether Pascal or Chandler were/are gonna be contenders for the championship so who really cares what goes on with these two. I'm looking forward to a year of dominance by the Honda boys.
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Old 03-21-2002, 02:19 PM   #3
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Pascal got a raw deal. I believe he could have hung up there with the Honda boys. Any one who knows him knows how driven he is. Somebody give this guy a ride!
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Old 03-21-2002, 03:45 PM   #4
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Now that Daytona is behind us, the Honda boys aren't going to have such an easy time. Nobody can know what's going to happen. If a Honda boy is going to win it, I hope it's Nicky and not Kurtis.
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Old 03-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #5
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Chandler on a high horspower ducati= Very Dangerous.





How do you figure that Picotte wasn't able. He was like 4th on the grid on his first qualifying session.
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Old 03-22-2002, 04:28 AM   #6
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Default Based on what observations do you say this?

To just simply state that Chandler is going to be a non-issue is absolutely crazy. Look at his riding style. He is NOT a tire spinning monster like DuHamel, Schwantz, Rainey, or Roberts. He is very front wheel line oriented. Much more so than the above listed guys. Now back in the day when Miguel was dominating fools, you could've put Chandler on the RC45 and he would've languished. The same way Doug Polen did in WSB on the RC45.




However, Chandler on a bike that fits his riding style is something to be concerned with. DAT BE DA DUCK!




He's a lot like Luca Cadalora.




Now do I like him as a rider? No. I think he's the king of mediocrity, but at least he stays on the bike.





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Old 03-22-2002, 04:38 AM   #7
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Pascal didn't have much of a chance at Daytona riding an Italian bike, but he could have been competitive in less grueling events.



The problem with Italian motorcycles lie in Italy's labor laws. Check out recent stories about Professor Biaggi's assasination earlier this week. The good professor was trying to reform the country's labor laws, laws that make it virtually impossible to fire anyone regardless of how incompetent that person may be, and he was shot to death.



Harley ran into problems with Italian labor laws when it tried to shut down production at the Aermacchi plant in the 1970s. Italy's laws said they could stop production, but they couldn't lay off workers, so AMF decided to keep building bikes since they had to pay the wages anyway. As a result, when Vaughn Beales and company purchased Harley in 1981 they discovered a warehouse in South America filled with excess Sprints. These bikes had been stored so long they had rusted into uselessness.



Think about the implications of this. Every incompetent worker Ducati ever hired is still building motorcycles at the factory, unless he or she has retired, died, or found work elsewhere. That's why we end up with 996s that start on fire during high-speed testing and are shipped to foriegn markets with the incorrect computer chips for their fuel injection systems. The fact that any Ducati ever even finishes the Daytona 200 is a miracle.
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