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March 25, 2011 2:59 PM

WSBK » Vermeulen may skip Donington races

You have to give Kawasaki credit for being loyal to a rider whose career is in question due to a serous and lingering injury. I cannot imagine how frustrating it is for both CV and Kawasaki. IMO, if he doesn't race in the next round or two, he will not return and probably call it a day. He could take off 2011 to recuperate, but two complete years off is a huge amount of time for a rider that should be in the prime of his career. I doubt any top team would take a chance on him after that.


March 07, 2011 3:19 PM

BSB » John Hopkins rides first Crescent BSB laps

Random thoughts: 1) If Hopkins actually manages to win a race, it will be the first one since 2001 2) He will likely get hurt, as a few of the BSB tracks have very little runoff and a small margin of error. Hopkins makes many wild-eyed mistakes, GP & WSBK tracks are sanitized in comparison. 3) It remians to be seen if his wrist is strong enough, my guess is he wants one last payday before having to retire. 4) Fans of his should prepare to be disappointed...again.


January 20, 2011 12:57 AM

BSB » John Hopkins thrilled to be BSB bound

The Monster millions is curious. If he has all this money, and there are midpack teams in WSBK and MotoGP living essentially paycheck to paycheck, you would think all of them would have beat a path to his door after 2009. It didn't apparently happen, perhaps he was holding out for that fantastic second tier AMA ride. Makes you wonder if there really is that much money behind him anymore, or if it is common knowledge in the racing world that he is damaged goods. Possibly both.


January 20, 2011 12:54 AM

BSB » John Hopkins thrilled to be BSB bound

Ulrich really doesn't have motivation to slag Hopkins unfairly. Actually the opposite is probably true considering his own reputation was partially built when he helped to get this "wonderkid" a ride at Tech 3 in 2002. Read the thread where he comments about Hopkins lying about the severity of his wrist injury in this thread.


January 19, 2011 8:40 PM

BSB » John Hopkins thrilled to be BSB bound

If you have read the comments from John Ulrich (publisher of RoadRacing World, mentor to Hopkins in early days, employer last year at M4) you will see that Hopkins remains an immature and unprofessional person despite years of grooming and experience on the world stage. His behavior has had an impact on his riding and career, basically he has burned many bridges and BSB might be the last, best place he has left. He remains a deeply flawed person, and in his case those flaws do not appear to have the side benefit of being beneficial to winning races.


July 29, 2010 9:56 PM

WSBK » Vermeulen undergoes knee operation

I could see Sykes on a private Ducati or the second BMW squad if it materializes. Good rider that can't seem to catch a break. The Yamaha was good and he did very well for a rookie, but when Spies was your teammate it was hard to look good. Yamaha probably thought the bike was so good for Spies' success. Cal and JT haven't rode it much better than Sykes did.


July 22, 2010 9:04 PM

WSBK » Vermeulen facing six months in recovery

This was probably a difficult but inevitable decision. At least by having the surgery now he can be "good enough" to start testing the '11 bike in earnest by November/December. He will only get stronger and hopefully be 100% by next season opener. On a good bike, a healthy CV will be at the front end of the field. Once he recovers from injury, it will be up to Kawasaki to provide the bike capable of winning.


June 22, 2010 6:27 AM

WSBK » Kawasaki sketches out its WSB future

The BMW has set the bar with repsect to electronics and outright power from an inline four. Expect any "new" bike from the Big Four to be at least as good in both areas as the S1000RR. Kawa always has been able to make big hp numbers, and if they have had some of their MotoGP engineers working on the chassis and electronics, it could be a very special bike indeed. If Kawasaki was able to spend their 2009-10 MotoGP budget on developing this bike it will be a great platform to build a race machine. Buyers have shown that they want absolute speed, a refined comfortable streetbike is of secondary importance. Expect this thing to be extreme.

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