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Old 11-13-2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:13 PM   #2
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hehe.. a lot of the guys were in black for winter testing. I wish some of them would use it for the regular season. Like the way Sito Pons/West team did.
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Old 11-13-2007, 06:15 PM   #3
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I like him in black.
Gives him stronger impression.
Hope he rides as well as he looks.
I still think it was a mistake to move to Kawasaki.
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I like him in black.
Gives him stronger impression.
Hope he rides as well as he looks.
I still think it was a mistake to move to Kawasaki.

But he will be stuck with ugly green for the season


I don't think it was a mistake to switch to Kawi though. If you look back over the last couple of seasons, and more importantly, this season. Kawasaki was the only team to continually improve throughout the year. Honda finally made some progress in the last 1/4, but I think Kawi's progress has been pretty steady and linear. That's a good sign, IMO
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Just this year Suzuki came together and really started showing some progress.
Hopkins started riding better since couple of years ago, too.
I really looked forward Hopkins and Suzuki next year and believed they (finally) can be competitive.
In my eyes, now Hopkins has to start all over with Kawi to develop his ride.
I think it's gonna waste him at least a year.
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Just this year Suzuki came together and really started showing some progress. <snip> I really looked forward Hopkins and Suzuki next year and believed they (finally) can be competitive.
Yeah. They FINALLY made some progress this year, but if you remember in preseason testing. Hopkins and Chris were near the top of the lap charts. Suzuki was as good, or slightly better than the others. He was excited.

The problem is, the Suzuki stayed at that level through out this year, while the other teams made some advancements. They got left behind.


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In my eyes, now Hopkins has to start all over with Kawi to develop his ride.
I think it's gonna waste him at least a year.
I agree that he is starting over, but I think he is still in a better starting position at Kawi than he ever was with Suzuki.
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The problem is, the Suzuki stayed at that level through out this year, while the other teams made some advancements. They got left behind.
I have to agree on that.
They kinda got left behind.

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I agree that he is starting over, but I think he is still in a better starting position at Kawi than he ever was with Suzuki.
We'll see.
It's funny that Hopkins looks better than Hayden for next year.
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I have to agree on that.
They kinda got left behind.

We'll see.
It's funny that Hopkins looks better than Hayden for next year.


I just want to see Hopkins start winning some races. He's due!!
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Did you see finally Yami signed up Colin?
I worried about him.

You going to Indi next year?
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Did you see finally Yami signed up Colin?
I worried about him.
Yeah. I bet you he will do much better next season on the customer bike, than he did on the factory bike this year.


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I doubt it, but you never know. You?
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I doubt it, but you never know. You?
Not next year.
But maybe 2009...
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The problem is, the Suzuki stayed at that level through out this year, while the other teams made some advancements. They got left behind.

I agree that he is starting over, but I think he is still in a better starting position at Kawi than he ever was with Suzuki.
Once again, by no means am I an expert but I am good at caculated gambles.

It was so much fun to watch Suzuki this year. I've been up for Hopper for several years now. In my eyes there were so many changes that took place this year that it was almost like throwing dice and the best team nailin 6's. It was awsome to see that Hopkins has provin that he has what it takes to be right at the top givin great equipment. Even Verm gave a great fight this season. Suzuki's results from this year compared to last...... WOW! But it's true that the other teams would catch up.

Racers are alway improving developents on these bikes. Hopper switching to another bike I first thought would be a bad decision. IMO, as far as skills go, he is in the top 5 of the best riders in GP. I believe the Kawi can be improved and will be reliable next year.

Honda didn't surprize me to fight back and I think will be at their top game next year.

I think that Ducatti is as fast as they can make it right now.

Yamaha will be in the same boat if they are still struggling for more power through next year. I like new the team, though I'm sad to see Colin go. Rossi on Stones will have an edge on anybody else competing on the same tires. So thats good.

If I were to call shots right now.... I'd say that the fight will be like the 250gp racing between Stoner and Pedrosa. Hopefully Rossi, Yamaha and his team can get it together. As long as he has a reliable bike with the Stones, it will be a hard fight, but he will be #1 or #2 for sure at years end. He is after all the best in the WORLD.

I don't care much about Mich statis, and whats been added to the tire rules. They will be more competitive but I don't see them outdoing Rossi.

As far as Hopper, I don't see him on podium at the end of season. I see the other manufacturer's improvements and talent being to much for Kawi. I'd have to do some heavy research to change my opionion.

I have my eye on Hayden next year. Cause if I'm wrong about Mich, I think He could come back strong. I think he will be fighting with Hopper in points.

Either way Its going to be a great season to watch! Last one was over for me mid summer.

PS. That is a badazz suit Hopps
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sickkkkkkkkkkkk. i think hopper or melandri will be the best for their new team next season
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