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Old 03-03-2003, 02:43 PM   #31
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Default Uh did you forget Colin Edwards last year longrider

Didn't he win the WSB on a Honda RC51????
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Old 03-03-2003, 02:45 PM   #32
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Default Re: WSB Valencia Results

"Ducati Cup" I think you just coined a phrase dude. Excellent. I am going to start using it if you don't mind.
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Old 03-03-2003, 02:48 PM   #33
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Default Two words for you

Restrictor plates. Ducati can bear to compete on a level playing field. Actually the best two words are "Ducati Cup" cause the series is irrelevant now.
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Old 03-03-2003, 02:50 PM   #34
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I agree with many others that the Ducati Cup (WSB) is irrelevant now. MotoGP is where it's at these days.
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Old 03-03-2003, 03:55 PM   #35
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Default Re: Two words for you

I'll have to agree with you that WSB blew it with the rules formula. I think the AMA did a much better job but there will still be some tinkering after this season.



Level playing field for MotoGP? Not with three different weight classes my friend. It looks like the V-5 has the best power/weight ratio for the weight division/cylinders chosen by the rules committee.



Plus if we break out your trusted price/performance ratio and threw in the fact that Honda spends about 10 times as much as any other team, well that's hardly a level playing field.



MotoGP is most likely to ben the Honda Cup this year.
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Old 03-03-2003, 04:12 PM   #36
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Default DEJA VU

When the series first started back in 1988, twins were restricted to 851 cc, and the RC30 took the first two titles. As time went on, capacity rules and weight limits were altered as the balance changed b/w the competitiveness of different engine formats.

I'm not saying they always got it right, especially the last 5-6 years, but it shows what can be done.

Surely, small rule changes to allow more power or less weight for the I4's or less power/more weight for the twins could be used to keep competitiveness, and interest in the series. It'd be in everyone's interest, and might even make the twins cheaper so there's not just two Duck's with the best performance.



It can be done, it just takes some will.
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Old 03-03-2003, 05:10 PM   #37
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Default Looks like KP figured out how to moderate

You learn this in engineering school?
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Old 03-03-2003, 05:52 PM   #38
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Default Re: WSB Valencia Results

I too will be watching MotoGP and AMA this year - It seems WSB really is going to be a snoozer. I can't help but blame the SBK organizers, but I'm on the verge of voting with my remote. I probably won't watch any SBK races this year - maybe the highlights. Nevertheless, I'll be going to Laguna Seca yet again, but only because it's an annual necessity. Bring on MotoGP!
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Old 03-04-2003, 01:45 AM   #39
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Default Re: Two words for you

Read a book on the Superbike history, and the

original promoter made the statement that the

weight advantage to V tiwns was supposed to

be 25 lbs. But somehow got changed to 25 kg,

which really does give the ducks an advantage.



Plus, the tracks seem to suit a high torque motor in order to get from corner to corner.



WSB should have let in 1000cc I4, would only

have a top speed advantage, maybe.
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Old 03-04-2003, 05:06 AM   #40
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The bummer about Laguna this year is that, due to the differences in how AMA and WSB have defined the rules, it appears that the only AMA bikes eligible for wild card slots will be the V-twins. I guess maybe Suzuki could make one of the WSB-spec gixxers available to Mladin or Yates, but the bikes are so much different from the AMA bikes that they would have to start from scratch with setup and learning the bike.



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