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Jeff Addington

November 05, 2008 7:35 PM

@ Marc

How is the 2009 Yamaha R1 a race winning bike when this is the first time it has been on the track? What race did the 2009 R1 win that I wasn't watching? Do you have footage? :rolleyes:

he is on a new bike with a new team on tires he has never ridden on. How the hell is his times not impressive?

FooAtari .

November 05, 2008 7:43 PM

@Marc

"Plus he isn't just racing Mladin anymore"

So? Spies can race. I can't remeber what race it was but this year he was quite far down the field for some reason and his fight back to the front was stunning to watch. Just because there was no competition for him AMA that doesn't mean he can't cope with racing against 4 or 5 other fast riders.

I fail to see how anyone can't be impressed with this initial test.

Seems that if your American you have to work twice as hard to win over some fans as they right you off before the first race even starts.

LAH - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:15 PM

dearest foo-foo
the race you mention was the second race at road atlanta. anyone wanting to see a true "like water through a screen door" run through the pack should find and watch this perfomance.
p.s. smoked 'em while still recovering from a unnessecary appendectomy!

LAH - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:15 PM

dearest foo-foo
the race you mention was the second race at road atlanta. anyone wanting to see a true "like water through a screen door" run through the pack should find and watch this perfomance.
p.s. smoked 'em while still recovering from a unnessecary appendectomy!

sleepglue - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:17 PM

About the Spies/Mladin, and how much faster they are than everyone else. I've seen them race, too, on TV and in person. And, while it's undeniable that these two guys are supremely talented racers, I do not believe that either one of them is as far above all of their recent AMA competitors as their results would indicate. Some of it, in my view, has got to be the bike/program. I don't know the specific ins and outs of how much each team spends in research, development, or just plain dollars, but when I look at some of the other guys who they've been racing against, I just can't accept the notion that none of them, as racers, have what it takes to win ANY of the past 40-50 races.

Nitro Nori

November 05, 2008 8:26 PM

What stupid pr**k "disagreed" that Shakey Byrne's 1.45 round Portimao on a bike that 'might only be an RS08', not an F08, and on tyres / settings / track etc... that he doesn't know is any less impressive than Spies doing a 1.44 on a 'big-bang' Yamaha ? How can less than 1 second difference in laptime be so unimpressive ? The comment was made (by Corser I believe, who was AMA champion in 1995) that Portimao is very similar to many American circuits in terms of its huge and sudden changes in gradient, the steepness and width of the track etc..., so Spies no doubt felt more comfortable with that style of circuit than our Shakey. With the exception of Paddock hill at Brands, the mountain at...

Nitro Nori

November 05, 2008 8:28 PM

Cadwell and Craners at Donnington, what other UK circuits have anywhere near the kind of gradient change that the US circuits have ? Byrne won't struggle to shave another second or so off of his lap times at all. Roll on 2009. And up yours to all the Byrne doubters...

Matt - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:50 PM

Shakey definitely ran well today, but that was on last years spec DUC. Just incase anyone failed to notice though, Yamaha made it very clear on Monday that the 09 R1 Spies is on is completely stock in respect to the motor. They are running the same WSBK spec suspension on it but as for the motor, other than some maps and exhaust along with any other thing the average person could purchase for it, you could deem it stock. Plus all these are brand new parts that are still in development. There is no way you could say a 1 43.9 is not impressive. That bike along with Spies have a lot more in them, I don't believe with any doubht that he will be in contention for the championship next yr.

Matt - Unregistered

November 05, 2008 8:50 PM

I don't hold much stock in the factory AMA riders moving through the field fast. There was a race at Miller (I think) where Mladin binned it, got back on and went from dead last to top 5 or some such. It's not saying much about the rider, but more about all the backmarkers with poor equipment that the AMA allows to race.

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