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Old 10-17-2004, 07:04 PM   #21
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Of course, tires, chassis, suspension and power delivery all all much better understood by today's engineers and all of them have had MAJOR strides made in the realm of ridability and control. So, although it is true that the bikes are much faster today, they are also much more tunable and most likely easier to ride than say a 1970s' Yamaha TZ-700.

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Old 10-17-2004, 07:08 PM   #22
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:20 PM   #23
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I think it's unfortunate that Rossi and Sete are no longer on speaking terms. When Edwards and Bayliss were in WSB, they had great mutual respect for each other. Bayliss even sort of took up for Edwards when Honda gave their Repsol spot to Nicky.
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Old 10-17-2004, 07:31 PM   #24
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The first race of the season was the most impressive to me. No one was really thinking that Rossi would be a contender this year or that he would get on the podium until midway through the season. Rossi, more than any other racer I've watched, makes me believe that as long as he's on the track, he can win. Winning under pressure is the difference between him and so many others. He doesn't seem to calculate where he can finish and still win in overall points, he just goes for the win. I feel lucky to be watching a living legend and I can't wait until Laguna Seca next year!
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Old 10-17-2004, 09:23 PM   #25
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Mladin is a wonderful rider to be sure. But with the likes of Roberts, Lawson, Spencer, Rainey, and Schwantz, each of whom went on to achieve greater things at a higher level during their primes, I would argue against Mladin being the best AMA Racer ever (as opposed to the most accomplished at that level). Spencer never won the AMA Superbike title (as I recall), and I think he would have run circles around Mladin with both at their best. And Schwantz would have handed Mladin his head on a plate, to say nothing of a guy like Russel. IMHO.
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Old 10-17-2004, 09:47 PM   #26
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The only thing that hinders Rossi's legacy is the lack of a definitive competitor, a la Schwantz and Rainey. It has now become clear that Biaggi, while extremely talented, can't harness the consistency and fire necessary to beat Rossi. He's brilliant one week, 8th the next. Gibernau has showed signs of following Biaggi into also-random, but his recent antipathy towards Rossi may be a welcome realization that winning the championship requires more than a top bike and a sunny disposition.


Further down the order, we've been teased with flashes of brilliance from Tamada, Nakano, and the Suzuki boys, but these guys have the added burden of inconsistent equipment holding them back. It's tough to win when your tires don't stick and your motor stops firing.


In the absence of a true rivalry, we're left with a contrived Rossi vs. HRC show-down, which doesn't mean anything if the HRC riders don't show up to the fight. So unless Biaggi / Gibernau take it to another level, another manufacturer bottles 990cc's of foolproof lightning, or maybe a young rider (Pedrosa?) lights MotoGP on fire, we'll be subject to another Rossi championship in 2005. And then it's only a matter of time before he moves on with his legacy of domination, but no real challenger to linger in our memories.
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Old 10-18-2004, 12:14 AM   #27
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Old 10-18-2004, 03:53 AM   #28
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:29 AM   #29
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Great move for Yamaha. They just took one of the best development riders, outside of Rossi, away from Honda.





Colin took the SP-2 from an over built rigid sled and cut frame supports out to make it more ridable and won the WSB world championship in one of the best come from behind seasons ever in the WSB history. Rumor has it that his better results at the end of this season are due to Honda working with him on development of his bike. Something Honda has only done this year with the Factory squad and then later with Sete after he started showing good results.



Honda doesn't deserve Colin's help after the way they stiffed him by not offering him a ride following the SBK championship.



Thank you Yamaha again. First the news about Moto GP coming to US now they sign Colin. That's respect to US fans.
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Old 10-18-2004, 04:56 AM   #30
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I'm pretty sure I never said anything about Mladin, much less Austrailains in general. I happen to really like our friends down under. The women seem to be really hot and that accent is really sexy coming from one of them.



Now, that being said, I still find it an honor to be mentioned in the group of people that have pissed you off.
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