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Old 04-08-2002, 05:59 AM   #11
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Old 04-08-2002, 07:00 AM   #12
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Default Re: Philip Island victory to a twin

One of the local (in Australia) comentary team Kevin Magee (you might have heard of him - ex World Superbike and 500GP rider won a bunch of races) suggested that the real reason for the elbows was for Haga to push himself away from Bayliss due to the draft sucking the bikes closer together.
Also Haga didn't crash so much as suffer an engine siezure in the first race.
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Old 04-08-2002, 07:18 AM   #13
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Gotta agree, Haga's elbowing Bayliss seemed totally unprovoked. Thought he was better than that.
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Old 04-08-2002, 08:03 AM   #14
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Ack! Apologies. Error corrected.
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Old 04-08-2002, 10:56 AM   #15
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I never thought I would say this, but if someone else doesn't step up, this is going to be a boring season.
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Old 04-08-2002, 10:59 AM   #16
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World Superbike should put up signs at the track that any 4-cylinder bikes should just go home.
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Old 04-08-2002, 11:43 AM   #17
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Default AMA seems to be where the racing is...

While it certainly seems that both WSB and MotoGP will be completely dominated by single superb riders/bikes/teams, this is racing, the titles are by no means locked up. Colin Edwards has the skill/bike/team to win. The four stroke Suzuki seems to have the faintest glimmer of hope in MotoGP (it did come in second, "only" 1.5 seconds behind). Rossi may yet end up with some competition. On the other hand, AMA seems so far to be the place to see the best racing. Gobert and Hayden are close, as long as there are no injuries, the season should be filled with good racing.
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Old 04-08-2002, 01:53 PM   #18
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I guess that also explains the Xaus/Chili crash?
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Old 04-08-2002, 02:05 PM   #19
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All other things being equal (supposedly), the ONLY difference between Ben's bike and Bayliss' bike is the rubber. If Bayliss is really that much better than Ben, why did Ben smoke Troy in qualifying? Not talking about Superpole either... I think if you look closely at the facts, you'll see that the top Dunlop riders have not been able to keep pace. Haga and Bostrom both have the talent to be front runners, as evidenced in the past. Yeah, I blame Dunlop. Being the typical impressionable consumer, I probably won't be putting Dunlops on my bikes this year. I know, I know - big difference between my riding and race track riding - but as they say, "Win on Sunday, sell on Monday".
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Old 04-08-2002, 02:32 PM   #20
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Couldn't say it better, but it is the tires. If Michelin wins at Sugo or Laguna, it is definitely the tires
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