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Old 06-18-2003, 07:49 AM   #31
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Default Re: Excellent Bob! How can a series be taken seriously if Honda is not there?

I guess you say different races than I did -- of have a totally different set of criteria as to what makes a good race. Multiple lead changes per lap right up to the end, with the win in doubt up to the final corner of both rounds. At several points there were 3 Suzukis in the top 5. Hodgeson may have won both rounds, but that was far from forgone conclusion even as they began the last lap.



Look at how many different riders actually led the race, and compare that to a typical AMA race this year.



BTW, as you know, I own and race a Ducati, but I was screaming for Kagayama and Lavilla, even though I already knew the outcome of the race. For me, a good race is not so much a function of whether my favorite brand wins as it is having great competition. Watching Hodgson, Lavilla, Toseland and Xaus slugging it out in the late laps was pretty nearly the equal of watching Capirex and Rossi in the final stages of the GP.



Regarding next season, of course those bikes will all beat up on Ducati -- as there are no serious Ducati teams contesting the series. In BSB with virtually identical rules, Ducati have won every race this season, soundly spanking the gixxers, R1s, CBR954RRs, RC51s etc.
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Old 06-18-2003, 11:01 AM   #32
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Default Re: Racing for dummies. rebuttal

Honda won then quit. i.e. No more challenge is what I heard
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Old 06-18-2003, 03:11 PM   #33
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>>Honda won then quit<<



Actually, at the time they announced their decision to pull out (they told Colin Edwards at Suzuka) Bayliss had a huge lead that everyone said was insurmountable. It was only Colin's incredible 9 race win streak, and a crash by Troy, that gave them the championship.
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Old 06-18-2003, 05:17 PM   #34
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Default Re: Racing for dummies.

Actually WSB has always been Ducati's sandbox, remember Carl Foggerty? Honda pretty well ****ed a duck in WSB and moved to MotoGp.
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