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Old 02-28-2013, 08:00 AM   #241
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Originally Posted by dsilver1007 View Post
Do you think the current Japanese inline 4's have a shot against the "V" bikes?
I think the Kawasaki with Sykes aboard has the best shot, provided they have found a way to make the tires last, which was the problem last year. Honda is getting more factory support this year from HRC, particularly with electronics. If they can get that sorted, they may do better. Personally, I think Honda is treading water until 2014, when the rumored RC213 derived superbike is released. Crescent Suzuki has brought their engine program in-house, which may cure the rumored 30+ HP deficit that the Yoshimura prepped motors had. Camier did pretty well on the GSXR at PI but I think that Suzuki won't be able to mount a legitimate title challenge, although podiums and an occasional win aren't out of the question.
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