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Old 02-10-2003, 09:37 AM   #1
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You might be right. I was pretty impressed with him at the end of last season, too. On the other hand, how hard was Valentino trying at that point?
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Old 02-10-2003, 09:38 AM   #2
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What's with Barros? You mean what's with Honda??? They've been drinking too much unleaded lately. No ride for Edwards and to let Barros go? Honda-san be loco-san....Barry Sheene says Barros is the best man on the brakes, by the way...and now that he's going to have a whole season on the 4 stroke, things could get a little hot under the collar in the "Red" pit. Hee hee, I'm getting anxious....

Do I predict Barros to stun the world? I don't konw but it's going to be close. I'm hoping for good racing up front and I really hope Edwards does some serious damage to his nemesis KR Jr. I think Hayden's going to be too busy trying to order dinner off of foreign menus to be competetive (OK, so I'm jealous of him). Anyways, I'm excited because other manufacturers could be catching up to Honda and there could be some riders out for blood.
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:34 AM   #3
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I hope he gives Rossi a run for it. I'm REALLY looking forward to this season.
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Old 02-10-2003, 10:35 AM   #4
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For most of last season, and particulary since he got the 4-stroke, Alex has just been in the best form of his career. I have always liked him but he somehow never seemed to have what it takes to move into the very top ranks. Of course, he also has been on less than first rate equipment much of this time.



Still, equipment can't explain how he was so impressive on the 2-stroke in 2002. It seems that maybe he realized that he is getting late in his professional career, and it he ever wants to get a shot at the top rankings, it was time to show what he was capable of.



The think that I have been really inpressed with is how quickly he got up to speed on the M1 -- I think on the first day, still using Max's setup, he was, I believe, quicker than he was on the RCV. He has only gotten quicker with time, and has almost always been the fastest each day at each test venue. Reportedly, he has been consistantly fast over race distances -- not just the occassional fast time.



In interviews, he has stated that the M1 handles and brakes better than the RCV, but might be a little down on power. Given his reputation as king of the late brakers, if true, look at him to make Honda look pretty effin stupid for letting him get away.



The other thing I think he as going for him is that he may be the best one our there at tire management (Rossi is also damn good) and/or at still riding very well even after the tires are crap. This is why I think some of the other fast guys (eg Biaggi, Capirossi, etc) who are also very fast in testing and qualifying, will find it more difficult to get to the top of the podium.



Note that I have become more impressed with Checa recently. He has been testing at times very close to Alex. If he can keep his concentration, he could be a contender this year as well.



If anyone has a shot at unseating Rossi in 2003, I think it will be Barros.



Just my $0.02 worth.



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Old 02-10-2003, 10:50 AM   #5
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Barros success on the Yamaha is completely dependant on how much progress Yamaha makes in relation to Honda. Judging from test times so far this year, it looks like Barros might be sucking the hind teat of Capirossi's Desmodeci. As for Carlos Chubby Checa, it seems like whatever fire may have once burned in his belly has been extinguished. I'm a Yamaha fan--I ride a Yamaha--but I'm not holding my breath waiting for the M1 to succeed. I'll be happy if it does, but as it now stands, it looks like Barros' formidable skills may not be utilized to their utmost degree.



Honda certainly did ***** away some talent this year, but in its defense, it had far too much talent for the rides available. Damn shame about Colin Edwards, though. I hate to see someone with that much talent circulating the track on that monstrousity, the Aprilia RS Cube. I like Aprilia and think Edwards is one of the finest competitors in modern racing, but damn, that bike is a ****eheap. I'll be overjoyed if Colin can make it work, but have severe doubts. I'm afraid he's going to have to settle for duking it out with the Kawasaki and perhaps the Proton in some sort of epic battle of the backmarkers.
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Old 02-10-2003, 11:12 AM   #6
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I think you are right on track. I can't believe that Honda let both Edwards and Barros get away, so they could pick up who? Sete? Nicky? Tomada? I am not knocking these guys (I think Nicky will eventually be very good, but a year in World Superbike, where he could ride familiar machinery while he learned to read the foreign menus, would have been a better way to spend 2003, IMHO), but I just can't believe they chose any of em over Colin and Alex.



I have the feeling that both Colin and Alex will be doing their damnedest to make Honda sorry.



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Old 02-10-2003, 12:09 PM   #7
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I think that Barros well be up front of the standings. It seems that the Yam. M-1 has improved alot since the start of last season and I hope it gives him a chance to win. If you recall the first ride he took on the M-1 after the season was over, he was already up to his pole qualifying time he had in the last race on the RC211V. I'm not saying this just because I'm a Yamaha fan but I hope there is a mix of winners in the Moto Gp series who ever it may be besides Rossi, because I feel that near the end of the season some fans was loosing interest with Rossi dominating the sport. Its always better for any sport to have a mix of winners. At least it will keep it more interesting. Can't wait for the season to start!!
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:25 PM   #8
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Alex Barros is very talented, but I think he is very unlikely to be a real threat over the course of an entire season. I think that if he is able to score points and stay close in the championship that he will start falling pretty consistently about 3/4 of the way through the season.



Carlos Checa also has a history of cracking under pressure. I think that Yamaha made a serious error by letting Biaggi go. The new team leaders Barros and Checa have speed, but I think they are missing the little extra something that makes a champion.



KR Jr. won the championship in 2000, but I while i think he is talented I do not believe he will have the machinery he needs to be a challenger.



Like 2001 and 2002, the 2003 championship will come down to a battle between Biaggi and Rossi.
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:47 PM   #9
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Like 2001 and 2002, the 2003 championship will come down to a battle between Biaggi and Rossi.

On a competitive bike Barros was closer to Rossi than Biaggi was and that wasn't at all close.

I agree about Checa's pressure problem, but Barros looks great under pressure. Seems like he was overachieving all year. I understand he had a previous history of inverted riding, but he was consistently upright in 2002.
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Old 02-10-2003, 12:48 PM   #10
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Biaggi got off the Yamaha for a reason. The good news is the new Yamaha is just as fast as last year's Honda. The bad news is they have to race against this year's Honda. I'll go with Honda this year. With 7 bikes racing it won't take them long to be faster than everyone else and stay there.
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