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August 04, 2015 1:18 PM

WSBK » Haslam overshadowed by Biaggi, Torres in Sepang

So true, I am completely confused by the way in which Aprilia runs their ship. They have a wonderful SBK package, and should be selling many bikes with this as their basis (think Ducati), yet the draw of MotoGP apparently is too strong for mildly successful companies. As to riders, I couldn't believe they had Marco go to GPs, got rid of the #1 plate, and have repeated history in replacing strong riders!!! It is almost, ALMOST, as if they want to fail. One would think a rider returning to the same high level bike for a second year would be a tremendous showing for the team. Haslam, eh, IMO - which accounts for nothing - should really stop worrying about being the "top" rider for his team and start worrying about showing that he is capable of fighting for podiums. Points are great, but no one remembers 3rd place (I do happen to believe people tend remember 2nd place when it is close in points). Is he washed up? I don't know, but this is not another Johnny Rea story.


October 10, 2015 1:33 PM

MotoGP » Hayden: I hope to be fighting at the front in 2017

I think we will see a rejuvenated Hayden. His drive will increase when he actually has a "chance" at getting on the box. For the past 5 years he knew the best he could hope for was top 15, now he has a bike that is top 10 or more at certain tracks. I love the continued "lucky" comments. What must the other 15 riders from that season be thinking? If Hayden was so bad, they are lower than dirt! Anyway, feeding the trolls, sorry. Hayden vs. VM: I'm guessing VM will take the early lead but watch for Hayden to finish top dog in 3 or more races, convincingly. Now if we could only get PJ over to the big boy bikes!


April 08, 2015 11:35 PM

WSBK » Barrier dropped for Badovini at BMW Italia

I don't like losing Barrier. I love the fact that Badavini has another chance, but not at another rider's expense, as even Badavini mentions. Sylvain was a breath of fresh air, pushing that less than factory bike around the track traction be damned. I hope he gets back on his feet. Unfortunately, I must also wonder what is going on behind the scenes. After the Ben Spies (and now Dani Pedrosa) fiasco of hidden injury, one has to think perhaps Sylvain was not 100% and knew it. I don't want to judge his character as I know nothing of it, just enjoyed him on the track.


June 19, 2015 9:21 PM

WSBK » Biaggi pips Giugliano to end Friday fastest

Pork Pie: I think Casey is brought up also due to his Suzuka involvement. I love the MotoGP comparisons, along with weak field, and not very successful WSBK riders. Let's face it, in the past 8 years, there have only been a handful of winners at all! And by suggesting that finishing on the podium consistently is somehow not a good showing, well, then MotoGP really has no talent as there seems to be only 3, maybe 4 riders that can podium. Granted the race winners are coming from the feeder classes, but hey, I think Spies did pretty well until that last year. Bayliss was outstanding on that one off. Edwards seems to have made a few podiums as well, no? Didn't Nicky go straight from AMA superbike to MotoGP? Oh right, he was "gifted" that title. Take away Rossi, Lorenzo, and Marquez, who is left? Dovi and Joe have special rules, so I'm not really counting them right now. I guess this is my point. Cal could be a front runner, and he is WSBK. The other great riders aren't ex


April 01, 2015 7:45 PM

MotoGP » Marquez: Outcome is difficult to accept

I'm not suggesting it was ever deeper, simply stating that having a field of over 20 riders, supposedly the best in the world, and within 2 laps they are spread out. We had 4 really good riders fighting for 1st, then a gap, then 2 riders fighting for 5th, then a large gap, etc. All I'm suggesting is that truly equal machinery would reduce the gaps and excuses and bring about more unexpected results. In no way am implying that Rossi, Dani, etc are not the best, they clearly are. My thought is that "the rest" could be closer without fear of overtaking the championship. It would be nice to have someone like Redding have a good day and challenge the podium. As it stands now, he really doesn't have a chance unless a factory bike crashes. Again, when was the last time a non-factory bike podiumed? How often does it happen? Do you really believe it is only because of the rider? Watching MM making up ground on straights doesn't really excite me. If it were only due to entrance/exit a


April 02, 2015 2:33 PM

MotoGP » Pedrosa to undergo surgery, out for two races

Sad way to end a career, unfortunately. I hope he has success with the surgery, but I'm expecting this is the first step out the door. Too bad for Johnny Rea in a way, this might have been the "break" he was waiting for. Of course, I think he made the right choice as surely Repsol Honda will be looking for the next young gun to step up, not a nearly expired racer. No offense Johnny, you have a few good years left, and I'm pulling for you. Dani has proven himself a great racer and pretty much a nice guy to boot. If it weren't for Puig in 2006 he would have had many, many more supporters. I feel he has turned most of those haters back, a true mark of magic. Best of luck Dani.

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