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Old 05-25-2002, 05:48 AM   #21
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Default Re: 1000cc in-lines to WSB next year!

Brian Pariott I think thats how you spell his name is in ninth place. I'm not sure but I believe Brian Livingood is a privater also I am not sure on that one though. I am pretty sure if you gave some of those privateers a factory ride they would be up front within a year or two. Some of them are never going to be at Nickey,Matt,Duhammel's level but some of them are great riders that have just been overlooked. Anyone remember a guy named Scott Russel he started out as a privateer and all he did was win a few championships. Those guys will be the ones getting factory rides when EBoz and Hayden go to the world scene.
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Old 05-25-2002, 05:51 AM   #22
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ducati better bring some astroglide next yr...cause if not... its going to hurt a little

death to ducati
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Old 05-25-2002, 08:57 AM   #23
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DucButt, exactly. What I was saying is that time is short now for 1000cc V-Twins in WSB, not Ducati as a WSB racing entity.



If Ducati is willing to forego their beloved V-Twins then it's a whole new ball game.



On the other hand, I remember reading an interview with a Ducati bigwig where he described the possibility that WSB may bump the V-Twin limit to 1200ccs once 1000cc Fours are allowed.



One way or the other, Fours will always have to be handicapped against Twins, obviously.



Personally, I think handicapping one type goes against the spirit of racing. I'd like to see all the restrictions and handicaps removed, and THEN let's see what the manufacturers offer the buying public in the way of race reps!



Then again, the bastards never call me up to see what I think!!
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Old 05-25-2002, 09:09 AM   #24
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Default Yamaha V4??

Yamaha is running an inline-4 in the M1 GP bike this year, but yes, Suzuki does have a V4 in their bike. Lots more work to be done, especially on the Suzuki, to beat the V5.
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Old 05-25-2002, 04:20 PM   #25
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Hey 4in6, yes you're right, there are 2 privateers in the top ten currently. Between the two of them, they have 13 sponsors. Chandler & Roberts are not in the top 10 because of crashes & DNF. I'm not saying by any means that those two "privateers" aren't extremely good riders, but I do believe they would not be doing any better if they were riding factory Hondas.
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Old 05-25-2002, 04:31 PM   #26
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Thanks for setting me straight.
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Old 05-25-2002, 04:31 PM   #27
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Thanks for setting me straight.
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Old 05-25-2002, 04:35 PM   #28
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Roger that, Van - I'm with ya.
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Old 05-25-2002, 04:46 PM   #29
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In my opinion (and probably all the motorcycle factories out of Japan agree), the AMA formula extreme and Canadian Superbike are second class racing federations that are not often broadcast nationally let alone internationaly. As such they have no reason to put a lot of R&D (read factory parts and support) into the 1000cc bikes. Now that WSB is going to allow 1000cc bikes into the best road-based racing federation alot of R&D $$$ is going to be put into the bikes. It may not be immediate but soon 1000cc 4 cylinder bikes will catch up and overtake the V twins.
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Old 05-26-2002, 12:55 AM   #30
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I really just mean to even things out between someone like Marty Craggill and , say, Duhamel (I think he's short??).

A lean 6'3" rider will weigh lots more than a lean 5'4" - even people of the same height can weigh hugely different due merely to bone structure etc.

eg Doohan was naturally very slight, and may have even weighed less than a shorter, equally lean rider.......

Maybe a maximum combined weight, allowing heavier riders a lighter bike??
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