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Jim Clausen

December 12, 2013 8:56 PM
Last Edited 211 days ago

WSBK » Erik Buell Racing confirms WSBK entry


rdc: Looks intersting, but the riders are unlikely to be class of the field, prehaps Camier would have been a good choice, or at least a yardstick
I agree, an experienced WSBK rider would be a better choice, but I think Eric Buell is somewhat nationalistic, to say the least. No doubt, Ben Spies would have been an excellent choice, but I'm afraid we've seen the last of Ben.

Jim Clausen

December 12, 2013 7:40 PM
Last Edited 220 days ago

WSBK » Erik Buell Racing confirms WSBK entry


I see there are some who think the EBR is a warmed over Harley-Davidson, complete with handlebar streamers and floorboards. You may be in for quite a shock. The EBR may do quite well in WSBK. Eric Buell knows what he is doing. The Buell association with Harley-Davidson is long over. Yes, at on time, Buells used a modified Harley designed motor. That was some five years ago, or so. There was an acrimonious parting of the ways when Eric Buell refused to any longer use the Harley engine. Buells rarely finished a race without an engine failure when running the Harley engines. In fact, Harley forced Buell to not manufacture any motorcycles after the breakup for a period of 3 years, if I'm not mistaken. Since Buell, as EBR, has resumed racing motorcycles they have had considerable success in AMA racing, winning the Daytona Sportbike championship in 2009, as well as winning a championship in European Superbike Championship in 2011. This EBR ain't no Harley!

Jim Clausen

December 07, 2013 11:05 AM

F1 » Kate Walker: Jean Todt gets second term as FIA president


I recall the complaints about Balestre, I recall the complaints about Mosley, now Todt is no good. Is there anyone who would be satisfactory? The rules are this, the rules are that. So and so team is favored. Over the years the sport of auto racing, in general, has changed tremendously. Not because of any one governing body's leader, but just because of the technical world itself evolving. I have always appreciated F1 for its innovations, progressive thinking and the fact that it is the pinnacle of auto racing. The fact that F1 today is followed by more people than 20 or 30 years ago indicates some things are being done right, irrespective of who the FIA president is. I've followed F1 for at least 50 years. It's been, for the most part, an enjoyable pastime. Would I like to have seen some things done differently? Certainly, but it is what it is. I doubt you and I commenting on some racing website forum will do little if anything to change F1.

Jim Clausen

December 06, 2013 1:45 PM

F1 » Kate Walker: Jean Todt gets second term as FIA president


And just how was racing as you knew it? Like the good old days before safe tracks and at least one driver a year killed? Like the good old days when F1 was essentially a spec engine formula with the Ford/Cosworth DFV dominating? Maybe you are referring to the current domination of Red Bull, Newey and Vettel? What would you do? Nascar-ize F1? Find some nebulous rule infraction to penalize Red Bull? Just what would you have Todt do? Tell Bernie to f-off? Like it or not, F1 IS a Bernie Ecclestone production. I don't necessarily care for Bernie, but he does keep the team principles and their massive egos in check. I would like to see more of the revenue distributed to the teams. Unfortunately, teams would find a way to exceed even an unlimited budget.


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