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Old 09-30-2002, 06:45 AM   #11
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After seeing Colin's performances this season, I realize that I have really undersetimated him in the past. Being a Ducati rider and fan, I had not followed his performance that closely, and for most of the season, I was cheering for Troy -- when I did start cheering for Colin, it was mostly because Troy's apparent runaway with the championship was getting boring -- how things change!



My understaning it that the goal is for Colin to wear the #1 plate on the 999 Ducati next season, then join the MotoGP team. I hope this works for him. That actually might be the best option -- maybe even a better deal than Troy got -- I doubt (although I hope I am wrong) that the Ducati GP bike will be all that competetive with the Honda (and now Yamaha) 4-stroke GP bikes at the beginning of the season. I expect 2003 to be largely a development season for Ducati in GP. This way, Troy gets to deal with the frustration of fighting for, say, 10th place with riders of much less talent. Given Yamaha's and Suzuki's learning curve, I would hope that by the end of 2003, the Ducati would be getting sorted out and 2004 could be the ideal time for Colin to move over there.
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:07 AM   #12
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I happy that Honda and Edwards won but perturbed Honda let Edwards go to Ducati. [b] In any case Honda made a dumb decision. Who else are they going to get to run in WSB that will be near as good.
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:09 AM   #13
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:21 AM   #14
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Honda's approach to this situation it totally inexplicable!



From what I read, Honda's WSB efforts are directed (and financed) by Honda Europe -- apparently they had a bad year financially and wanted to cut expenses (of course, this was all being discussed at a time when the Ducati was still dominating the series -- mighta gone different if the factory had been a bit quicker in getting Colin the good bits). They reportedly told Colin that he did not have a ride with them next year because they would either bail out of the series entirely, or at least cut way back to a smaller team.



My suspicion is that Honda Europe might have been bluffing with Honda Corporate -- trying to get them to kick in the funding -- since presumably Honda worldwide would be the beneficiaries of the racing effort.



Anyway, what Honda does get from all the effort and $$ they have expended to help Colin win the championship is to see that #1 plate attached to a Ducati 999 all next season. I hope they are happy!
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Old 09-30-2002, 07:49 AM   #15
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They want a Spanish or Italian rider, because those are their big markets. Hence Xaus from Spain rather than Edwards from the USA, etc, etc, you know the rest.



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Old 09-30-2002, 08:12 AM   #16
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Suzuka 2000, best MotoGP race ever
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Old 09-30-2002, 08:17 AM   #17
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Default GP SUZUKA 2000

BEST RACE EVER!!! Period. This Edwards/Bayliss battle was wonderful, but that Suzuka race, the top 8-10 were battling for the lead. Like 20 lead changes.
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Old 09-30-2002, 08:59 AM   #18
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I concur.
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Old 09-30-2002, 09:03 AM   #19
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This all brings up the question of who will race for Honda in WSC next year? If rumors are true that Honda is reconsidering, who will ride?



Xaus - unsigned, fast, crash happy, Spanish. Highly likely.



Haga - I don't know about signing status, but he has the speed.



Ben - he sometimes has the speed, if WSC is more imporant than AMA, he might get the nod.



I can't think of anybody else worht the money.



Either way, next year's championship is between Colin and Hodgson.

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Old 09-30-2002, 09:44 AM   #20
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Xaus: Rumored to be going to Aprilia



Haga: Rumored to be going to Aprilia GP team



B-Boz: Coming to the US to race



Who? I haven't a clue and I don't think Honda does either. I have a lot of respect from Honda and HRC but they screwed the pooch this time.



And yes, that was some great racing. The three people at my house were yelling so loud my dog got scared and ran to my wife for comfort.



Two great riders and genuine gentlemen riding the crap out of the best street based bike on the planet, how could it get any better? MotoGP is looking pretty dull next to superbike; US, world or (from what I've read) British.



BTW, for the guy who is hung up on the 2000 Suzuka race, try to get a tape to the '89 French GP.



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