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Old 03-31-2003, 05:08 AM   #1
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I am so ready for the season myself! Goodluck and Health to every participant. May the best rider/bike combo win it all this year. I hope it's at least almost as exciting as I think it will be.
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Old 03-31-2003, 05:23 AM   #2
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Good to see the Tornado finally on the pace. Hope he does well. Finally, the season is here.



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Old 03-31-2003, 05:55 AM   #3
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Apparently Honda published these times when they had the advantage. Here's the latest. It's a horserace!
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Old 03-31-2003, 07:49 AM   #4
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I believe that the times above are the final ones, while your link was for day one. Still, it clearly is a horserace.



News from Colin's dad is that Aprilia were supposed to use a new, more flexible swingarm, but there was some unidentified technical problem with it and they had to go back to the stiffer swingarm. Supports my theory that additional tuned chassis flex is the main change that Colin and his team have been introducing to the Aprilia in the offseason.



BTW, dunno if anyone else has the problem I do with links to the MotoGP site -- the back arrow doesn't bring me back here (actually can't get out of the MotoGP News page with the back arrow.



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Old 03-31-2003, 10:25 AM   #5
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Man....can't wait untill sunday, I would love to see Edwards smoke em' all, but that may be a long shot, but hell, it will be great no matter who wins.

Go Colin Go!!!!!!!!!
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Old 03-31-2003, 10:39 AM   #6
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It's all about keeping the tires on the ground, isn't it?



You must be right, 'cause the link times are slower.



They use some kind of Java page management that periodically reloads and adds to the history list. If you back arrow a few times it finally comes back (otherwise I wouldn't have been able to preview my post!).
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Old 03-31-2003, 10:43 AM   #7
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Can Biaggi do a repeat of 1998 and defeat Rossi like he defeated Doohan? Don't bet against it!

Will Aprilia kick Ducati's ass? Of course!
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Old 03-31-2003, 11:17 AM   #8
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Uh, I don't know what planet you are living on , but on this one Doohan won the championship in 1998, and soundly kicked Biaggi's ass that year and every year they raced against each other. I also highly doubt that Aprilia's slower bike will defeat Ducati.
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Old 03-31-2003, 12:47 PM   #9
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You are, of course, correct about Doohan vs Biaggi on this planet. Maybe in some other dimension, Biaggi kicked his ass



As to Ducati vs Aprilia, I would be hard pressed to say which is faster at this time. Colin was faster than Capi at Suzuka and Jerez, but in other venues has been slower. I am not sure just where I would put my bets right now. Colin might be the better racer of the two, while Capi know the tracks and the competition better. All I know is that I will be cheering for both teams. Hell, there are so many riders I like in the field this year that I find yself cheering for almost everyone. Some for different reasons -- eg KRJR and Biaggi because they are underdogs (not because they are likeable himan beings).



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Old 03-31-2003, 02:33 PM   #10
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I can cheer for Edwards and Capirossi because they seem like decent sportsmen with the desire to win. However, I can't lower myself to cheer for KRJR and Biatchi. They whine too much and always blame the bike when they don't win.
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