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Old 06-08-2004, 07:33 AM   #11
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Default Mugello GP Results

Boys, here's where the REAL GP News is.



http://www.motogpnews.com/home.php



Rumor has it that after attempting to steal johnnyb from the posh offices of advertisingland (the ad guys bumped johnnyb up to four free sodas per day to keep him) they're going after Mr. ALLCAPS.



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Old 06-08-2004, 07:36 AM   #12
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to all females at MO. The salutation "boys" was not meant in any sort of misogynist way.



Although a majority of MOrons are guys, I hope to God there are at least a few women who use this site...
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Old 06-08-2004, 08:03 AM   #13
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Ran home for lunch today and watched it again on SPEED, it just as incredible the 2nd time around. It was amazing; at the end of the long straight, how Rossi could pass Tamada, Gibernau and Biaggi on the brakes every time



What has happened to Colin Edwards so far this year?

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Old 06-08-2004, 08:23 AM   #14
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Default MotoGP: The season to remember

This is IT, isn't it, folks? The season of competition and intensity we'd all been looking for. Just look at the top ten: Three Ducatis, Three Hondas, Three Yamahas, and an Aprilia.



While the race for the championship certainly seems to be shaping up to be a three-man fight, on any given day there's half a dozen other guys that can be a factor, some we predicted, and some we didn't. Hey, even Xaus didn't crash!



Surprises in the season for me:



1) Marco Melandri -- where did this guy come from? He's been amazing, and with a little different luck on a couple of those races...



2) Bayliss getting a handle on the Ducati while Capirossi fades.



3) Nicky Hayden's and Alex Barros -- bet a lot of us thought that duo would be in the opposite order.



A few other things, but I'll ramble less and see what anyone else has to say more. No, I'm not counting Rossi as a 'surprise.'

Next year he wins the championship on a Proton. Well, maybe not.
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Old 06-08-2004, 10:29 AM   #15
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Not likely. He will switch to the Moriwaki(sp), or WCM team and win it all on one of those POS's.

Then he start his own team the year after that, and start making his own bikes, which are superior to the other bikes racing.

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Old 06-08-2004, 05:24 PM   #16
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Does anyone out there know what helmet brand Nakano San was wearing? I need to buy one of those.

As far as the no-helmet crowd out there are concerned, that was pure luck right? No way! That is the value of wearing protective gear in a real live demonstration.
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Old 06-08-2004, 11:15 PM   #17
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1) Marco Melandri -- where did this guy come from? He's been amazing, and with a little different luck on a couple of those races...



Uh.. he'd be 2002's 250cc champion, and the youngest ever.



I guess you guys don't get to see any of those 125 or 250 races.. they're usually almost as crazy - it's hard to believe how fast they can corner.

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Old 06-09-2004, 05:11 AM   #18
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No, I suppose we don't. For "where he came from," of course, I was using a figure of speech... but we don't get much opportunity to see the 125/250 stuff; most of the 'lesser' series that we see are the AMA ones. I'd never seen this guy ride before this season. He's gonna be one to watch, methinks, especially if the Yammies get up there even with the Hondas.



Anyone heard anything about the Yamahas' handling compared to the Hondas? It's tough for me to tell, considering we're just watching Rossi and Melandri riding, for the most part, so I don't know if I'm delusional, but they seem to be able to carry (the Doctor inparticular, natch) a lot more corner speed than the hondas tend to. Hrm. But I'm just a bench authority, I really don't know.
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Old 06-09-2004, 05:21 AM   #19
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Turns out it was a high speed wobble...



...induced by an exploding rear tire.



200 mph and then KAPLOW! Your rear tire retires. Not good, Dunlop.
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Old 06-09-2004, 05:40 AM   #20
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Speed sometimes shows the 125s and 250s. They're airing the 250 race after the MotoGP this Sunday, I think at 4:00.
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