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Old 04-07-2003, 03:11 AM   #1
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Great to see the WSBK and AMA guys doing so well. Bayliss, Edwards, and Hayden 5-6-7 is a great showing for their first time out. And a Ducati on the podium in it's first race? Gonna be a fantastic season...



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Old 04-07-2003, 03:17 AM   #2
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The expected result but an interesting race anyway. It was neat to see the Ducati running up front for a while and even neater to see it finish on the box. I was happy to see Edwards finish in front of Hayden; imagine how much farther ahead he would have been if he'd been on the Honda.
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Old 04-07-2003, 03:25 AM   #3
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Wake up & get well soon Kato!
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:10 AM   #4
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My elation over the excellent results of several of my favorite riders and teams has been totally quashed at learning of the extreme seriousness of Kato's injuries.



One second-hand report (originally from an Italian site) quotes Dr Costas as giving him only 15% survival chance, with probablity that if he DOES survive, he will be totally paralized. I hope to god that this report is not true.



This has been a disasterous race weekend for Suzuka, with Nicky's crash in practice (he turned out OK but his bike actually cartwheeled over the retaining wall), Melandri's crash, Barros' crash in the Sunday warmup and now Kato. This track, and others as well, have to be seriously reevaluated for safety -- especially the proximity of solid walls to the course.



Kato-san, the thoughts, prayers and well-wishes of the world are with you.



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Old 04-07-2003, 04:20 AM   #5
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Looks like my friend's translation from Italian was correct per MCN REPORT



At this point, I am not sure what to hope for.



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Old 04-07-2003, 04:22 AM   #6
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Any word on an address for best wishes to the family?
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Old 04-07-2003, 04:51 AM   #7
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Have not seen one, but if I do, I will post it here.



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Old 04-07-2003, 05:33 AM   #8
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Both Colin and Nicky raced hard and did better than anyone could expect in their first GP race. I'm happy they're both alive and unhurt.
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Old 04-07-2003, 06:05 AM   #9
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What a race, them ducati's looked really good for thier first time out, they put Suzuki and Kawasaki to shame, I think Yamaha would have done better if Barros wasn't hurt. Good to see our boys do well...you know Colin's bike is not as good as them honda's. I was glad to see Hopkins finish ahead of Roberts...I hope Kato can recover...anyone see how the cornerworkers just picked him up like a rag doll after he crashed? they could have made it worse!!
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Old 04-07-2003, 06:24 AM   #10
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Considering his heart wasn't beating when they first got to him, I don't think they had a choice. It was either risk spinal injury by moving him or risk brain damage from oxygen starvation if they don't move him somewhere that they can work on him. There really is no correct choice there- both aren't good.
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