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Old 08-08-2014, 03:04 AM   #41
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This season has been fun to watch. I think they have just found a perfect combination of a talented rider and the right setup on a beastly bike.

Im excited to see Suzuki coming back next year. Hopefully they can catch up to the competition quickly. MotoGP is fun to watch but i think WSB is more competitive. Maybe in a few years, with the changes they are bringing MotoGP will have more close races. At least i can still watch BSB they have had some exciting races.
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Old 08-12-2014, 10:44 PM   #42
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TLDR; This Sunday will be the first grand prix without a U.S. rider since 1995, when Kevin Schwantz retired early in the season

https://plus.google.com/110809381812...ts/gnkB3VLJFfA

When I wrote in May that we could soon see a MotoGP race with no U.S. riders, I was thinking "soon" meant 2015, after Colin Edwards' retirement and if Nicky Hayden's severely damaged wrist led to a forced early retirement. Little did I know that "soon" would turn out to be August 17.

Edwards told Superbikeplanet.com that he will be only riding selected races for the rest of the season and won't be at the Czech Republic round. Italian web sites have reported that Alex de Angelis, who filled in last year at the U.S. Red Bull Grand Prix at Laguna Seca for the injured Ben Spies and finished a respectable 11th, will replace Edwards at several remaining rounds. Edwards has only scored eight points this season, while his young teammate, Aleix Espargaró, has 77 points and is in sixth place in the standings. Meanwhile, Hayden will miss the Indianapolis and Brno races while he tries to recover from yet another operation on the bones in his right wrist.

The last time there was a MotoGP or 500cc motorcycle grand prix without a U.S. rider was in 1995, when Kevin Schwantz retired early in the season. Scott Russell came over from World Superbikes to take Schwantz's place with Suzuki, but there was a gap.

Compare the current dismal state of U.S. roadracing to the stretch from 1983 through 1985, when U.S. riders won 35 of the 36 grands prix, or 1992, when six of the top 10 riders were from the United States.
It just so happens that 1992 was Colin Edwards' first season as a professional racer. So how long does it take to go from world dominance to total MotoGP absence? The space of one long career.

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DEPRESSING...
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So, Honda's chosen one is mortal after all. LOL
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Yep. When he was trying to get around Ianone you could see his ego. When Rossi came around him he tried, but knew he didn't have the pace. This was a really good race. The first half was great to watch.
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Until they implement control ECUs.
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Until they implement control ECUs.
You mean force Honda to share their technology with the losers?
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More like take away their checkbook and win solely on rider performance and not bank account. If only they could produce the same results in a production series.
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But Isle of Man that one year!
Oh, just one year?
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More like take away their checkbook and win solely on rider performance and not bank account. If only they could produce the same results in a production series.
That's funny, before Pedrosa won most were saying it was the rider. Put Marquez on any bike and he'd still win

In case you missed it, Honda swept both superbike podiums at the Isle of Man last year. That means 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places twice. You're welcome
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One race series is you're basis for being the best bike? What about WSBK, AMA (oh yeah, Honda left), BSB and just about any other series other than the Isle. Where was Honda this year without John McGuiness? Sure, Dunlop got them a couple of podiums but other than that it was all BMW.

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Honda have also won every moto2 race since the classes inception. Makes you wanna go out and buy a 600rr, I know.

In motogp they already are running the same spec ECU...And Honda still whipping everyone.

The next move that already is to make the same software that everyone is suppose to jointly develop...its going to be a joke... Honda will whip even more because the have the least software dependent performance, and the best mechanical ones.
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Marquez today, testing!!! Crash or save????
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Entire grid control ECU won't be until 2016 if I'm reading this right.

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