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Old 09-11-2007, 09:38 AM   #1
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Greg White To Race Ben Spies' Superstock GSX-R1000 At Laguna

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SPEED TV's Greg White To Race Ben Spies' Superstock GSX-R1000 At Laguna Seca

Sep 10, 2007


From a press release issued by SPEED:

SPEED MOTORCYCLE REPORTER WHITE TO RACE SPIES CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING BIKE AT LAGUNA SECA

SPIES: ‘MY PLAN IS TO HELP GREG WITH WHATEVER HE NEEDS’

Longtime SPEED motorcycle analyst and pit reporter Greg White will take over riding duties on the Ben Spies' championship winning factory Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 for the AMA Superstock class at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend for the final race of the season. The Superstock finale will air on SPEED along with the AMA Formula Xtreme race Sept. 18 at 2 p.m. ET.

Spies wrapped up the 2007 AMA Superstock title one race early at Road Atlanta, and with only three points separating him from teammate Mat Mladin for the Superbike championship, Spies decided he would not compete in Superstock on the final weekend.

“I jokingly asked Ben’s crew chief, Tom Houseworth, if the fact that Ben is wrapping up early meant he was going to put me on the motorcycle with an on-board camera and microphone,” said White, who has both professional and amateur motorcycle racing experience. “Although the entire team is locked in a championship, they all thought it would be fun to put me on the bike and see how I go. It went up the ladder at Yoshimura and at Speed and we were all in.”

Spies had plenty to say on the subject: “I am very lucky that my crew put me in such a great position to wrap up the championship early and allow Greg to get on the motorcycle. It is a cool PR opportunity for everyone, and the GSX-R1000 is so good, Greg is going to have a lot of fun. My plan is to help Greg with whatever he needs to get him up to speed fast.”

“Can you imagine the Indianapolis Colts letting one of the reporters play quarterback in the final game of the season,” said SPEED President Hunter Nickell. “This truly is a very unique television opportunity and one that we are going to have a lot of fun with.”

In addition to being wired for audio and video during the race for SPEED, White also will provide multiple video blogs during the entire experience to be made available on SPEEDtv.com.

“The AMA Superstock Championship was extremely important to Ben Spies, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, and Yoshimura,” said Don Sakakura, Vice President of Yoshimura. “By clinching the Superstock Championship at Road Atlanta, Ben can now focus on the Superbike Series Championship at Laguna Seca.

“What an opportunity to support SPEED and provide the Championship motorcycle for Greg to experience at Laguna Seca.”

Alpinestars is providing White with new racing leathers and Offbeat Production is painting White’s Arai helmet for the event.

To learn more about SPEED motorcycle analyst Greg White, please visit: SPEEDtv.com - The Online Motorsports Authority

SPEED is the nation's first and foremost cable television network dedicated to motor sports and the passion for everything automotive. From racing to restoration, motorcycles to movies, SPEED delivers quality programming from the track to the garage. Now available in more than 77 million homes in North America, SPEED is among the fastest-growing sports cable networks in the country, the home to NASCAR on SPEED and an industry leader in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services.
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I never knew he was a pro....
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WTF?!!!
I have not been watching these two duke it out all year to see Spies back out and let Mladin take it in the final nut cutting!!!
What kid of chicken t, horse hockey is this?!

It has to be political. Spies must have been paid good to grab his anckles for Mladin in the last round. Reminds me of a boxing match I saw once.
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WTF?!!!
I have not been watching these two duke it out all year to see Spies back out and let Mladin take it in the final nut cutting!!!
What kid of chicken t, horse hockey is this?!

It has to be political. Spies must have been paid good to grab his anckles for Mladin in the last round. Reminds me of a boxing match I saw once.
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Opps, go Spies GO!!
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no Mladin is a DOUCE BAG

go Benny boy!
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I never knew he was a pro....
Me either... I knew he had some racing experience but, I am sure this is more marketing then anything else.
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He did something similar with somebody's R6 a few years ago. I believe he DNF'd.
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I think it's pretty cool. GW is a pretty good rider, and has done endurance recently with some big names too. I don't think he's a slouch that will make anyone look bad.

As a side note, John Ulrich is very protective of his material, which is copyrighted. If it were me, I would take the "cut-n-paste" portion that JU calls "stolen" from RRW and replace it with simply a link to the story. JU is not afraid of using litigation against things like this...
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As a side note, John Ulrich is very protective of his material, which is copyrighted. If it were me, I would take the "cut-n-paste" portion that JU calls "stolen" from RRW and replace it with simply a link to the story. JU is not afraid of using litigation against things like this...
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I've gotten tired of saying it. It should be made part of the forum rules and enforced by the mods.

Links to articles, no copy/paste'ing.
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With sighting the link to the story wouldn't it be difficult to pursue copyright issues?
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With sighting the link to the story wouldn't it be difficult to pursue copyright issues?
Citing sources might avoid plagiarism, but this is copying and lifting the entire text and reproducing it elsewhere. I think it would be similar to downloading copyrighted music.
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And, actually it probably doesn't apply in this case anyway because it's from a press release. But I would still rather only have a link and at most a snippet of the article quoted (which would be ok under 'fair use')

That's just way too much text for a forum post.
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Very interesting points indeed. I need to look into this stuff.... anyways back on topic.
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Back on topic.... I was wrong when I said Greg DNF'd. He finished 29th on that Factory Yamaha R6. Still better than I could have done though.

http://www.amaproracing.com/prorace/...&type=f&rnum=1

Note the 'local' boys in 14th, 19th and 26th.
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