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Kawasaki names Simon Andrews for the World Superbike Championship event at Valencia in Spain

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Albert Einstein - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 12:32 PM

I don't know.!!! Is it just me or does Paul Bird honestly not know what the F**K he's doing. Here is a guy who on the weekend Qualified 14th and finished a lucky 8th (Kiyo, Tommy B etc not finishing)in race 2. In a field that arguably is the weekest we've seen here in the UK for 10 years, on a track that he knows like the back of his hand. Now either he assumes the MSS Kawasaki is so bad that on the PBM equipment he'll make some miraculous recovery and somehow Valencia is somewhere Simon has raced many times???. I ask you with tears in my eyes. Simon is not in the same league as Tom Sykes (no disrespect intended, just fact). So where Paul thinks result are coming from is beyond me. Clueless!

Albert Einstein Part 2 - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 12:38 PM

OK. So who else you may be asking. Is it just that Simon was the best rider who isn't contracted to another manufacturer? Well let's see. Where is Lavilla. (Too old , not even as quick as Andrews I hear you all shouting). Maybe or Maybe not? Who's on a Kawasaki in Japan that Paul could use as goodwill with the Japs? And finally what about Joan Lascorz. He's a Kawasaki rider, who granted may be focussing on Supersport, but who could be made to believe that riding for PBM would be in his best interest. Come on Paul, give it some thought and give it a try.

Nique - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 1:30 PM

@ Einstein

Well Lascorz on a Superbike and Supersport...Hmmm a tall ask...and a highside waiting to happen I reckon.

Personally I'm really pleased for Simon. He's done superbly on the Kwak last year...not helped by his injury.

Kwak are behind the game so it makes sense for them to hire someone on similar machinery to fill in.

I suppose Birdy could have gone for someone like Lavilla, who I think is doing Spanish Superbikes or summat, but he had his go with Birdy previously.

Too soon for a move to WSB I rekon for Simon, but it won't hurt his reputation to get seen out there.

A DNF and an 8th in BSB....not a great start but its still early doors.

Go #17 :)

Albert Einstein Part 3 - Unregistered

April 08, 2010 3:46 PM

Please don't get me wrong. That wasn't a slight on Simon. Simon has shown flashes of real pace and I daresay hasn't had the best breaks during his career. His Red Phirana days on the Yamaha were at time spectacular. My criticisim was of Paul Bird and his thought process in delivering results for Kawasaki. He has shown nothing so far this season that would lead me to believe that his team is going to change the fortunes of Kawasaki. What will happen just now, is he'll start to criticise "the Kawasaki" as the problem instead of taking another look at his setup. Paul surely doesn't run his team to make money, quite the opposite, I'm sure it costs him a fortune, over and above what Kawasaki cont

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