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Old 12-24-2011, 01:21 PM   #76
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is it racing time yet?? Off for 10 days and no racing to be seen..no new racing anyway. I feel empty.
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:36 AM   #77
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You'll be right mate, only a few weeks to go. Got accomodation organised for the Island. Flags at ready. It's all good.
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Old 01-09-2012, 03:32 PM   #78
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The Sultan of Slide:

We all have VERY distinctive images of Nori Haga. He was a master such a short time ago. He should have beaten Ben Spies in 2009. But like the rest of his career on the world stage, shit happened... We all know that, yet he will always be our favorite.

Soup writes him off gently, but they still write him off. Thanks and no thanks to Dean. I'm not giving up that easily. A cut from Soup's write off of the Sultan:


/////.....One evening I walked through the Miller WSBK paddock on my way to the parking lot and in the darkness bumped into two people talking in the near pitch darkness. It was Ohlins suspension engineer Jon Cornwell and Haga, their faces ten inches apart. Haga stood, shoulders slumped, looking at the ground, while Cornwell tried to lift his sagging sails by reminding him who he was, saying, "Come on, you're Nori Haga for God's sake, you can do this...". Later that year, at Imola, I walked to the grid for the final race of the year. I arrived early but found Nori Haga in his leathers laying against the pit wall, looking exhausted and moving like an old man suffering from arthritis. While he waited for the race to start, he rubbed various body parts and spoke with his crew about how sore he felt.

In the end Haga wasn't the Haga that collectively blew the world right out of their shoes in 1998, and maybe the expectation that he should be is unreasonable. He had been dulled from the level of true racing superhero to being just another WSBK rider. Even after the swagger was gone and his tank clearly emptying, Haga was still very fast—he nearly won the WSBK title in 2009.

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Old 01-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #79
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Well, I gotta say, if I'd backslammed the bitumen as much as that guy since 1998, I'd be too fookn' tired than to even be thinkn about rubbing my sad sore body parts... But seriously, he looked SO 'over it', after Ruben took him out in the warm-up at turn 1, Phillip Island, 2010.(We wuz flagging there, Man!..) He's hurtíng.
I'd throw in, "Never right off a champion", except he's never quite made it, thanx to a simple diuretic. Top bloke but!!
I wish him well.
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:41 AM   #80
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Old 02-01-2012, 11:56 AM   #81
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:13 PM   #82
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Ducati is so sure of their awesome new machine that they are going to race the 1198 again!?!
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Old 02-01-2012, 12:59 PM   #83
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Ducati is so sure of their awesome new machine that they are going to race the 1198 again!?!
Ducati is going to race the 1199 for a year in SS for development purposes.


Just like BMW did.
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Old 02-02-2012, 01:48 AM   #84
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Ducati is going to race the 1199 for a year in SS for development purposes.


Just like BMW did.
And, IIRC, Ducati, with the 1098?
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Old 02-07-2012, 06:37 AM   #85
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Only couple of weeks left...
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Old 02-07-2012, 12:07 PM   #86
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Only couple of weeks left...
Those shiny new alpinestars look a bit :ymca and the hand on the hip is all teapot too.
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:12 PM   #87
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Old 02-07-2012, 01:14 PM   #88
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Tasty, hope to see it at the pointy end of the results. But I am thinking that will be a rarity not a norm.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:06 PM   #89
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Is KTM doing anything in WSBK in 2012? I was hoping they would after winning IDM but I imagine we would have heard about it by now if they were fielding a team.
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:34 PM   #90
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Those shiny new alpinestars look a bit :ymca and the hand on the hip is all teapot too.
Well, yeah. But I'm happy to put my head on the block and back the young Irish lad for the Championship this year. ! Big call, I know, but there ya go....... (And many dummie spits from Max coming up, methinks )

Anyone else up for a prediction?
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