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jmeyn 01-15-2003 04:04 AM

How about some context?
This kind of posting is great, longride. But why not do a bit of research and provide a bit of context to get us started. For example, 2.06 second lap time is meaningless if you don't know that the record lap at Sepang was Alex Barros on the NSR500 in 2002 at 2.03.

The Kawi-RR seems way low on the learning curve. They need to sprint to run with the big guys in March. Unlikely, wouldn't you say?

longride 01-15-2003 04:15 AM

Re: How about some context?
Yeah, the record lap time would give some perspective. The only problem with those is lap times vary wildly with weather and track conditions. It would be more useful if many different teams were testing on the same day, which would give a closer indication of how close Kaw really is. I do agree that they aren't even close to Honda and Yamaha at the present time. I really can't see anyone beating Honda. I believe they are running 7 bikes and just look at the rider talent.

jmeyn 01-15-2003 05:35 AM

Re: How about some context?
"The only problem with those is lap times vary wildly with weather and track conditions."

Yes, but the post reports those, so the reader can decide about relevance.

Reports say Honda is providing 12 bikes but I'm not sure whether that includes spares. They look unbeatable for the Manufacturers Championship but all that "rider talent" on equal machinery should provide some premo moments.

nokneedragin 01-15-2003 05:44 AM

different teams were testing
Suzuki is there also with the GP and AMA teams, see if you can dig up there test times for comparison

longride 01-15-2003 05:50 AM

Re: different teams were testing
Will do.

Joe_Momma 01-15-2003 06:06 AM

here ya go!

1. John Hopkins, Suzuki GSV-R, 2:06.0

2. Kenny Roberts, Suzuki GSV-R, 2:06.5

3. Garry McCoy, Kawasaki ZX-RR, 2:06.6

4. Andrew Pitt, Kawasaki ZX-RR, 2:07.0

5. Akira Yanagawa, Kawasaki ZX-RR, 2:07.1

6. Alex Hofmann, Kawasaki ZX-RR, 2:09.1

7. Mat Mladin, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2:08.8

8. Gregorio Lavilla, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2:08.9

9. Aaron Yates, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2:09.3

10. Ben Spies, Suzuki GSX-R1000, 2:12.2

Hopkins is still on a relatively old bike. Mainly all 2002 stuff.

longride 01-15-2003 06:15 AM

Re: here ya go!
Good Work!

drthompson65 01-15-2003 06:31 AM

Re: here ya go!
Cool. Thanks!

longride 01-15-2003 07:02 AM

Re: How about some context?
The Honda provisional lineup is:








Looks like 7 so far.

KPaulCook 01-15-2003 07:25 AM

Re: How about some context?
Good work longride.

From the looks of things I agree with you, Honda looks like the clear favorite. If it becomes an all Honda race to the championship, I hope there will be no team orders ala Formula 1. I hope Yamaha can make it interesting.

thanks longride interesting stuff.

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