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Old 10-21-2002, 01:59 PM   #1
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Default Re: Phillip Island GP Results

A tad late.





Hopefully JOHN HOPKINS will still have a ride after he finished a year as good as Yamaha's other boys (Nakano, Jaque) and better than McCoy. Seems like Red Bull is backing out and the Moriwaki/Honda deal fell through. But of course since he doesn't have the passport all the sponsors are looking for, he won't get a good ride next year. Poor guy. If he had a competitive machine, he would probably be close to the front.



I wonder what Nicky/Edwards will do next year in the mix.



I hope all the old SBK boys put a whoopin' on the GP crew since everyone thinks they are the creme when it ain't nuthin but second rate Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese riders with a few REAL riders mixed in.



The Ducati GP bike is running times on par with the Superbike from 2002 so maybe they can get that extra second out to be competitive next year. I sure would like to see Bayliss, Rossi, Edwards, Hayden, Biaggi, Barros, Capirossi and Roberts (maybe) slugging it out next year.
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Old 10-21-2002, 02:27 PM   #2
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Like it or not, the Moto GP series is considered the most talented bunch of riders. You can't claim to be the best until you beat those "second rate Spanish, Italian, French, and Japanese riders."



Give some credit where credit is due. There are backmarkers in every racing series, but they aren't afraid to put their egos aside and finish last against the best.



Better last against the best, than first against the worst.
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Old 10-21-2002, 03:25 PM   #3
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"Better last against the best, than first against the worst."



...and that is why I think Mladin sucks.



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Old 10-21-2002, 03:32 PM   #4
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Default You think he's a better rider than McCoy??? (NT)

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Old 10-21-2002, 03:43 PM   #5
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Default Eurocentric bigotry

Kato, Ukawa and Abe seem to have deserved some consideration.

I wouldn't discount any of the pretenders next year, including Proton.
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:05 PM   #6
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Default Another great year is nearly over

Rossi made his point on Sunday; he's the best rider on the Honda RC211V. That doesn't mean he's the best on any other bike nor does it mean the RC211V is the best bike. The fact that the first 3 riders were on 211s does mean it's the best bike.



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Old 10-21-2002, 04:13 PM   #7
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make that the fist 4 bikes, and the 5th was also a honda
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:14 PM   #8
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make that the first 4 bikes and the 5th was a honda
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Old 10-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #9
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Default The Effect of Wind

Nobody commented much on the wind; the flags were flying straight out the whole time. Each new rider of the RC211V has mentioned how "easy" it is to ride.



I'll bet the reason the other makes couldn't keep up was just plain overall comfort, wind or no wind, rain or shine, tight or open, rough or smooth...



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Old 10-21-2002, 04:15 PM   #10
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Default Dunlop = Crap tires

I wish McCoy could have had a good Dunlop in right from the start. I know he had half the laps on his rear tire than the front two had but the way he was just riding around behind them so easily having fun suggests he would have been a real chance in that race. Would have been a nice way for the two strokes to go out.



Which brings me to why does anyone ride on Dunlop tires when they have another choice. It only seems to be Dunlop who have their riders complaining about getting dodgy tires quite regularly. They really need to get their quality control sorted. The way Bridgestone is starting to come on Dunlop could find themselves under presure in all the international classes soon.
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