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Old 02-24-2013, 12:45 PM   #226
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Apart from a southerly, conditions are close to perfect, top 6 now under 1.32, Tom S at 1.31.2. Lap record is 1.31.785, fastest ever 1.30.880. One hour to go. Methinks its about to get interesting......


The reason I've had to use phone and iPad to take pix is that I'm directly opposite CCTV , and we have been warned that the 'internationals' will be watching us! My camera/lens combo would be just too blatant ..yeah I know, what a load of BS.



Sykes is trying real hard. Oh hang on they all are! Good to see Carlos getting the Duke sorted, although he has run on at T4 six times..

One of the Mechs in Carlos' garage told me when I raised this Honda corner thing that he was having some difficulty with the engine braking system.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:04 PM   #227
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I think Spies will be back there soon enough. Not a knock on him, I think he would welcome that transition (especially after he has to deal with the Ducati in '13).
+1 on both counts. I think this year will be as frustrating for Spies (if not more) than last year. WSBK would welcome him back with open arms I'm sure.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:14 PM   #228
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anyone else notice that there is not a single american on the grid... pretty sad, especially when you consider the size of the field in the ss class...
Get used to it. With DMG large & in charge, there won't be any Americans coming up anytime soon.
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Old 02-24-2013, 02:25 PM   #229
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Get used to it. With DMG large & in charge, there won't be any Americans coming up anytime soon.
The American racing scene is disappearing. Our talent will need to go to the UK or other national series to have a chance to move up. I want to support US racing, but where hell is it?
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:50 AM   #230
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The irony runs deep....
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #231
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Get used to it. With DMG large & in charge, there won't be any Americans coming up anytime soon.
I read somewhere that Josh Herrin had an opportunity to ride for MarcVDS in Moto2 but turned it down to stay in AMA. There's probably more to it, like he couldn't bring enough money to the table but it is still interesting. Other than him America's future looks bleak.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:31 AM   #232
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I beg to differ - PJ Jacobson in BSB this year on the Tyco Suzuki will be a revelation
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Old 02-27-2013, 06:51 AM   #233
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Some excellent articles in BSN on the future of WSBK

http://www.bikesportnews.com/Demo/
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Old 02-27-2013, 12:28 PM   #234
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Watched the Phillips island races and was wondering if part of Aprilla, Ducati and BMW bikes advantage is that they are more capable than the japanese bikes out of the box? The Euro bikes cost a significant amount more.
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:20 PM   #235
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Watched the Phillips island races and was wondering if part of Aprilla, Ducati and BMW bikes advantage is that they are more capable than the japanese bikes out of the box? The Euro bikes cost a significant amount more.
Factory development on the Honda stopped in 2008, according to a recent interview with HRC chief Nakamoto. I'd be willing to bet development on the Suzuki did too, maybe even as early as 2006 or so. The Kawasaki is a more recent design and their racing program has benefited from Kawasaki's withdrawal from MotoGP. The Euro brands are newer designs with more factory support.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:05 PM   #236
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When was the last time you checked pricing? 2013 BMW S100RR and Aprilia RSV4 are almost the same retail as their Japanese competition. They just give you a lot more for the $$.

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Old 02-28-2013, 06:42 AM   #237
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When was the last time you checked pricing? 2013 BMW S100RR and Aprilia RSV4 are almost the same retail as their Japanese competition. They just give you a lot more for the $$.

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Kawasaki 11k+, BMW 15k+, Aprilla 16k+, Ducati Pinagale S, 22k+

In stock form compared to the Kawasaki the Euro bikes are about a 1/3 more.
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Old 02-28-2013, 06:43 AM   #238
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Factory development on the Honda stopped in 2008, according to a recent interview with HRC chief Nakamoto. I'd be willing to bet development on the Suzuki did too, maybe even as early as 2006 or so. The Kawasaki is a more recent design and their racing program has benefited from Kawasaki's withdrawal from MotoGP. The Euro brands are newer designs with more factory support.
Do you think the current Japanese inline 4's have a shot against the "V" bikes?
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:32 AM   #239
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Kawasaki 11k+, BMW 15k+, Aprilla 16k+, Ducati Pinagale S, 22k+

In stock form compared to the Kawasaki the Euro bikes are about a 1/3 more.
+1, same up in Canada. If I can get an RSV4 for the same price as a Gixxer or a ZX10 then lemme know where.
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Old 02-28-2013, 07:43 AM   #240
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Kawasaki 11k+, BMW 15k+, Aprilla 16k+, Ducati Pinagale S, 22k+

In stock form compared to the Kawasaki the Euro bikes are about a 1/3 more.
2013 ZX10R has a price north of $14 thou. The ABS version is $1000 more.
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