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Old 07-19-2004, 11:32 AM   #31
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I think the answer involves tires and passing opportunities. For a single qualifying lap, KR Jr can carry great cornering speeds on his uber-sticky Bridgestone Q tire and not lose that much time on a single front or back straight. But in the race, KR Jr only has so much rubber and all that pushing in the corners takes its toll quickly. Throw in his horsepower deficit down straights, and stronger bikes have several dozen opportunities to pass over race distance.
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:37 AM   #32
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at some tracks, the hondas have definitely dominated... but it seems that the Yamaha's aren't so "far" behind to me: Rossi notwithstanding, Checa and Melandri have done really, really well, even if they've DNF'ed a few times... at both Catalunya and Assen, two of the podium positions were held by Yamahas.



Watching them head-to-head and trying to compensate for the Rossi Factor, it does appear the Honda is a bit ahead... but I don't know that I'd use the totally subjective word "far" ahead to describe it...



It's definitely shaping up to be quite the season!
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Old 07-19-2004, 11:54 AM   #33
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What I've heard/read is that all the bikes are down on HP compared to honda. When your on a bike that is giving up 10 to 20 hp any straight is going to go to the higher powered bike. I think KRJr is doing great with the lack of top power. Then again Rossi is riding and wining on a HP chalenged bike.

But they both have to ride the tires to the brink just to keep up with the big red bikes. As seen in this race, KRJr tires went off early, then Rossi's tires went off. When you are forced to cary a higher corner speed just to keep up with the faster staightaway bikes you fry your tires sooner.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:00 PM   #34
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Oh, puke.
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Old 07-19-2004, 12:48 PM   #35
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I think I hear an echo....
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Old 07-19-2004, 06:38 PM   #38
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What Nicky Hayden needs is to attend a drag racing school state side (Dale Walker) to fine tune his starts, then he would have a much better chance at scoring a win, that type of training has benefited many a road racer in the past, Ben Bostrom and Anthony Gobert come to mind.
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Old 07-20-2004, 05:37 AM   #40
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I always welcome a good Spinal Tap reference.







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