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Old 05-22-2001, 06:49 AM   #11
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Default Re: Mat Mladin is the Big Kahuna

Well the Yoshimura Suzuki team certainly did a good job. All 3 riders ran very well, and filled the podium in both races.

But, the reason that the Suzuki dominates the entry list for Superbike is the same reason they dominate the 750 Supersport race. You have 6 manufacturers, each with 2-4 bikes. That is the first 16-18 bikes on the grid. Behind them are another 30 bikes, the majority of which are riders who race in the 750 Supersport. They also compete in the Superbike race. (Some just go out on the same bike, with DOT street tires. Others will actually use slicks if they can afford them.) The majority of these bikes are Suzuki because they are the only ones with a mass produced 750 sport bike, the GSXR750.

It isn't worth it for most privateer racers to have a different bike for 750SS and Superbike, so they can't use a Duc916/996 or RC51. And the other 750 machines (ZX-7RR, Yamaha R-7) would not be allowed in 750 Supersport or would cost to much.

I'm not knocking Suzuki, just trying to explain why they dominate 750SS, and the privateers in the Superbike class.
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Old 05-22-2001, 01:10 PM   #12
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Default Re: Mat Mladin is the Big Kahuna

Good point about the availability of the gixxers. Just wondering why the other manufactures don't make an affordable and streetable 750. The 750 GSXR has been a staple since '85 when everyone else had 750s that mortals could afford.. why the high price on zx7 R7 and all that?

Ah well, I happen to be a GSXR fan so I'll take the fun whilst it lasts!

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Old 05-22-2001, 03:39 PM   #13
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Default Re: Looks like a Suzuki kind of year

I think Mat Maladin should go to WSB. Foggy said that Chile crashes and Chambon does good wheelies, thats all!!! DrEvil
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Old 05-23-2001, 03:39 AM   #14
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Default Re: Looks like a Suzuki kind of year

Weird, I too was expecting a Hayden vs Mladin war this year. I don't know what's up with Honda. As for the others, I think Ducati is distracted by the upcoming 4s GP, and may still be suffering from the Foggy disaster last year, which took their AMA guy to WSB. Yamaha doesn't think the 750 formula is fair (something is definitely not working there) and also seems distracted by the new GP rules, and have given up on SBK. Kawasaki has plain given up, which is a crying shame, especially since the old 7R is still one fast bike. Aprilia doesn't even bother to come over--maybe they too are thinking GP matters more than AMA. Well, I guess Harley's still trying ...
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