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Old 05-02-2005, 10:54 AM   #21
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I know towards the beginning of the race, they were running about 18 or 19 seconds off of the dry times.
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:09 AM   #22
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That was a wasted race. Once I saw Kenny Roberts pull out in front I knew he would gap everyone including Rossi as long as the bike held up, which it didn't. He is amazing in the wet.



Nicky can't ride in the rain, so I didn't expect anything from him and wasn't dissapointed.



Olivier Jacques was a big surprise and will be worth watching the rest of the season - at least when it rains.



Rossi is truely amazing, but GP races with him in them are starting to get boring. Although I can't wait to see how he does at Laguna Seca.



I'd love to see Bostrum ride against Rossi on a GP bike at Laguna Seca! I'd love to have a seat in the Turn 4 stand, but that isn't going to happen either.



Go Nicky!!!
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:11 AM   #23
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thim rain tars are Excellent. nothing like riding your streetbike in the wet. I rode on some once at laguna seca on RS125 honda in a deluge. scary beforehand, a blast once we got going. A' course the RS125 didn't have 200 horsepower, but close... I imagine those MotoGP guys can plug in their rain black box, which makes those bikes real *****cats, i bet. Actually you see more lurid, tail-out scary stuff from those guys when it's dry.
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:19 AM   #24
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Kevin Schwantz had a great quote in Faster. Something to the effect of "I used to love racing in the rain because I thought it made everybody's bike the same, which means it comes down to the rider."



While I wouldn't want to a watch an entire season of it, I think wet races are part of what makes the pros true two-wheeled heroes. Anybody who has the huevos to ride a 240 hp rocket ship in that Shangai Monsoon has my absolute admiration.
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:26 AM   #25
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... and BBoz would be on something slightly more developed than a stock 1000RR.
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Old 05-02-2005, 01:30 PM   #26
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The rain could be exactly why the Kawi's lack of horse power (relatively speaking, of course) didn't affect Jacque's game too much. Maybe trying to utilize 200+ hp down a soaking wet straight isn't that easy.



This was a brand new track for these guys, wasn't it? I heard Shanghai was brand spankin new, but I am not sure, because I have been a college student without cable for the past couple of seasons. (Even now, I am gettin my GP fix by mooching off of friends' Speed Channels).



Man I wish I could ride down to Monterey for Laguna this summer!
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Old 05-02-2005, 02:04 PM   #27
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The Moriwaki is just an RC211V engine in a custom made chassis.
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Old 05-02-2005, 04:16 PM   #28
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Default Weather Forecast for Laguna Seca MotoGP weekend

The inner coastal region will start out cool with some low fog in the morning, burning off as temperatures climb towards 90 F under bright sunshine by early afternoon. Expect a cooling sea breeze by late afternoon and overnight lows again down into the 60s. Afternoon humidity will be around 50% and there is zero chance of precipitation.

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Old 05-02-2005, 04:20 PM   #29
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Beaten by a Kawasaki no less......



Good thing Triumph isn't running MotoGP. Honda would be getting spanked like a red head step child
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