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Old 05-05-2003, 11:49 AM   #21
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Default Re: Infineon Superbike Results

I hope the performance of the GSXR-1000s will force the direction of AMA superbike in the direction it should have been heading years ago. The whole 1000cc twin/ 750cc 4-cylinder didn't make sense from a market place perspective. A 'Superbike' to most people means GSRX-1000, R1, CBR954RR (and maybe soon ZX-10R), not decade old ZX7Rs and RC-51s almost nobody buys. The manufactures could showcase what people actually buy. This season would have been a lot more interesting had their been factory Yamaha R1s and Honda 954s in the mix.
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Old 05-05-2003, 12:45 PM   #22
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Default The death of V-Twins in racing continues

Under the AMA new rules, the superiority of the 4 cylinder machines is starting to show. The WSB should use the same rules i.e. no restrictor plates. RC51 will be history next year in favor of a CBR1000RR. Ducati better gets its MotoGP V-4 ready for WSB, because if the WSB eliminates restrictor plates for the 1000cc inline 4s the Ducatis V Twins will be history as well.
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Old 05-05-2003, 12:49 PM   #23
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Default ZX-10R needed

I agree with you. I think Eric's problem is simple lack of CCs and added weight to the 800 cc (they had to add weight to his bike)
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Old 05-05-2003, 12:58 PM   #24
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Default I like Mladin's attitude.

He is paid to win races not the popularity contest. He trains harder than anyone else.
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Old 05-05-2003, 01:22 PM   #25
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Default Prediction

Twins are gone from road racing in 4 years. Triples sucess will be marginal. The dominate configuraiton will be 4 cylinders, either inline or V.
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Old 05-05-2003, 02:53 PM   #26
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Default Re: The death of V-Twins in racing continues

WSB has already anounced that restrictor plates will continue next year, but that twins and triples will also get them.



For what it is worth, it looks to me like Suzuki will get at least one win this year, based on how competitive they have already become.



BTW, I see that Ducati took both rounds of the British Superbike this weekend, as they have every other race so far this season. Not absolutely clear on the rules (can't find them on-line but I am pretty sure there are no restrictor plates).



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Old 05-05-2003, 03:04 PM   #27
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Default Re: Infineon Superbike Results

The RC-51 is 3 years old, not 10.
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Old 05-05-2003, 03:13 PM   #28
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Default Re: The difference between WSB and AMA:

Contrary to popular opinion, WSB has far more diversity than does AMA Superbike. Using the starting lineup for the two most recent races (Sugo for WSB, Sears Point for AMA), the official data shows:



AMA total 44 qualifiers, 4 different brands

36 Suzuki (81%)

3 Ducati

4 Honda

1 Kawasaki



WSB total 23 qualifiers, 6 brands

13 Ducati (57%)

3 Honda

2 Suzuki

2 Petronas

2 Kawasaki

1 Yamaha



So if the WSB is the Ducati Cup, certainly we must call AMA Superbike the GSXR Cup.



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Old 05-05-2003, 03:19 PM   #29
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Default Re: Eric, Eric, Eric!

I am sure that he is doing quite well financially -- from what I read the top AMA racers make more than most of the MotoGP racers and nearly all the WSB guys.



At the beginning of the season, a lot of experts were picking the 800 Kawasaki as the hot setup, and he nearly beat Nicky with 750cc. What everyone underestimated was how competitive the Suzukis would be right from the first. I suspect that there is more than one Bostrom who is happy he is getting well paid, 'cause it is gonna be a long depressing season for them.



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Old 05-05-2003, 06:20 PM   #30
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Default Re: Infineon Superbike Results

Nobody buy's RC51's? HAHA what a laugh! The RC51 is made in limited numbers and each dealer gets ONE or TWO each year. I had to put my money down last year at this time in order to get a RC51 for THIS YEAR. Most RC51's stay on the floor no longer than a day. Need to get your facts straight. Also if you check the RC51 is only 10th's of a second behind the GSXR and the RC51 weighs rougly 30 lbs more than the GSXR. Take it from a person who owns both, I'll take my RC51 any day of the week next to the GSXR. I road my 2003 GSXR for a week before I sold it and kept the RC51.

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