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Old 09-04-2013, 07:17 PM   #406
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Speaking of bike salesmen. Looks like that skinny Italian guy is expected to sell a few brand Y bikes:

http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...-racers-list-/

Stated salary for Rossi is $12 million USD + $10 million USD in endorsements.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:29 PM   #407
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If you are referring to more popular left to right, they are just in numerical order, not popularity.
They are in numerical order. And only the most popular riders have merch available via MotoGP.com.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:12 PM   #408
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I remember hearing recently that at the Riders for Health auctions around the world Nicky is consistently the seconds highest selling price for objects. I think he is pretty popular around the world of MotoGP.
Yes Vale is the most popular everywhere, but other than they locals he is super popular.
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Old 09-04-2013, 08:26 PM   #409
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The funny thing is he is probably more popular outside the USA than in, not unlike King Kenny, Wayne, Kevin, Freddie, KRJR,&C.E. we're as world champs were. They are less known than most college QB's, only the few of us know what they have accomplished. Who remembers Steve Baker 1977 Formula 750 World Champion (yes a WC before KR)
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Old 09-04-2013, 11:49 PM   #410
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The funny thing is he is probably more popular outside the USA than in, not unlike King Kenny, Wayne, Kevin, Freddie, KRJR,&C.E. we're as world champs were. They are less known than most college QB's, only the few of us know what they have accomplished. Who remembers Steve Baker 1977 Formula 750 World Champion (yes a WC before KR)
College QBs what are those??


Unfortunately I am old enough to remember Steve Baker.
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:28 AM   #411
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The funny thing is he is probably more popular outside the USA than in, not unlike King Kenny, Wayne, Kevin, Freddie, KRJR,&C.E. we're as world champs were. They are less known than most college QB's, only the few of us know what they have accomplished. Who remembers Steve Baker 1977 Formula 750 World Champion (yes a WC before KR)
Funnily enough he was at the recent Manx Classic (or whatever it's called) at the IOM and Jamie Whitham interviewed him and Freddie Spencer. Jamie gushed over him - he seemed a very laid back guy.
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Old 09-05-2013, 06:04 AM   #412
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Oh and...


http://www.superbikeplanet.com/2013/...haydenshir.htm
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Old 09-05-2013, 08:55 AM   #413
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College QBs what are those??


Unfortunately I am old enough to remember Steve Baker.
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:10 AM   #414
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1976 Laguna Seca:
Those speed-block graphics are so 1970's, and yet still so cool.
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Old 09-05-2013, 10:48 AM   #415
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Like I said, I think you would be surprised.
I wouldn't, I'd be amazed

I like Nicky a lot, but I just don't see him being as popular outside the US as he is IN the US.

One thing we can all agree on, he's a great rider and a great guy
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:01 AM   #416
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I guess we'll have to count the flags at Misano....
I like Nicky, but I think part of his popularity is the fact he rides the Ducati.
Ducati fans seem to be rider & brand loyal (vs other brands).

My impression anyway.

I think he'll do well where ever he lands.
Personally i think I'd like to see him on the LCR Honda...

Although it might just show that, like Rossi, he's lost a bit of the sparkle after so many seasons on the Duc.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:31 PM   #417
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Speaking of Nicky, I had the pleasure of seeing him at Road America and Springfield TT races in 2002. He was farely quiet (not as quiet as Tommy and not as talkative as Roger) in the interview at the TT's, where the brothers finished 1,2,3 respectively. I hope when he's done racing oversea's, he comes back and finishes the Grand Slam. I approached him after the interview and called him "Mr. Hayden". He said "call me Nicky, hell I was looking for my dad when you said that" and gave me trademark smirky smile AND is autograph. A fine young man, not just racer.
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Old 09-05-2013, 02:42 PM   #418
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Unfortunately I am old enough to remember Steve Baker.
Me too and pretty sure he's still working on bikes at the Kawi shop North of Bellingham? My buddy bought a Gamma 500 from him.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:52 PM   #419
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Nick is not going to be fighting for wins in Motogp even on a full factory bike. With WSBK restricting the amount of engines next year the Duc should be less down on power. Hayden ought to be competitive immediately. If reports are true that Ducati is offering him a good compensation package then why wouldn't he go WSBK? Or he could finish his career like Colin Edwards.
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Old 09-05-2013, 03:57 PM   #420
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Nick is not going to be fighting for wins in Motogp even on a full factory bike. With WSBK restricting the amount of engines next year the Duc should be less down on power. Hayden ought to be competitive immediately. If reports are true that Ducati is offering him a good compensation package then why wouldn't he go WSBK? Or he could finish his career like Colin Edwards.
Because going from Moto GP to WSBK right now is like going from Broadway to a local high school talent show.

Good entertainment in both. They are just on different levels, currently.
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