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Old 04-13-2008, 09:22 AM   #1
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, what a race.

Lorenzo gets the trifecta in poles, then muscles his way past Rossi and Pederosa to win the thing- an impressive win!

I was happy to see Hayden and Edwards with strong finishes, and glad to see Rossi podium with Bridgestones as the sole representative (in the top 10 I think???).

Good stuff this year!
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Old 04-13-2008, 08:31 PM   #2
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, what a race.

Lorenzo gets the trifecta in poles, then muscles his way past Rossi and Pederosa to win the thing- an impressive win!

I was happy to see Hayden and Edwards with strong finishes, and glad to see Rossi podium with Bridgestones as the sole representative (in the top 10 I think???).

Good stuff this year!
Hayden crashed... he didn't finish.
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i missed the race cuz i was at TWS (Texas World Speedway)
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Hayden crashed... he didn't finish.
Yeah. Hayden was doing well before he crashed out. :/:
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, what a race.

Lorenzo gets the trifecta in poles, then muscles his way past Rossi and Pederosa to win the thing- an impressive win!

I was happy to see Hayden and Edwards with strong finishes, and glad to see Rossi podium with Bridgestones as the sole representative (in the top 10 I think???).

Good stuff this year!
I was thinking they got a message to turn it up a notch or go home.
That's kind of racing I like to see. At least the begining.
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Hayden crashed... he didn't finish.
Yeah, I couldn't edit (I guess that button is gone again), I meant he was running strong... not finished strong- my bad.

I was disappointed that he didn't give a post race interview, but I guess I don't blame him either, I'm sure he's pretty devastated.
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Good run for Hopkins. Glad to see him in the top five mix and holding the lead packs pace for the first half.

I'm not a Stoner fan, but what a run to finish sixth. He was getting passed like was nothing at one point by a few riders. I thought he was done for sure. But, once again he shows how dangerous and skilled he is to pull it together and find some rhythm.

But the shock of the day for me, was that pass on Rossi by Lorenzo That takes guts to stick that tight line into the chicane on someone who is well known for being hard on the brakes and taking tight lines. Not to mention with the condition the track was in. This kid is something else......the 2nd Rossi they call him. Maybe after that move he should be called the 1st Lorenzo instead?

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as long as Rossi doesn't win and a honda places top 3 i'm happy
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First half of the race was exciting.. 2nd half was a bit meh, so I WANTED RAIN!!
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Anyone wathc the 250 race? Panani had two nasty crashes on the same lap! Second one after he picked up the bike and was headed in when he hit parabolica he had NO brakes. Ouch.......That was one of the better 250 races so far this year.
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, what a race.

Lorenzo gets the trifecta in poles, then muscles his way past Rossi and Pederosa to win the thing- an impressive win!

I was happy to see Hayden and Edwards with strong finishes, and glad to see Rossi podium with Bridgestones as the sole representative (in the top 10 I think???).

Good stuff this year!
Hayden crashed like a dumbarse ...

Stoner finished top 10 - on B`stones...

Pay more attention now Tom... , this is'nt AMA
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What about Edwards finishing 4th?
What about that?

2 guys in front of him crashed, Andre & Hayden.

Beside Edwards was on Michelins - he should have been on top anyways.
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No love for the local boy?? Better finish than the last race wouldn't you say.
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No love for the local boy?? Better finish than the last race wouldn't you say.
Oh I got nothing buy Love for Edwards.

But he seems to always be on top in Practice, Qulifying, but never seems to on a "regular" basic "manage" to run in front pack.

Mind you he was not even fighting with Andre D. or Nicky H. , they both just low sides, and Edwards managed to be 4th that's it.

Its not like he had bike issues, or tire issues, or experience issues. For this year Edwards is one of the most experienced racers, and on Michelins (not Stones), no mechanical issues either.

I don't know - I'd just think Edwards should by now running podium every other race. He's been in the game long enough (same goes for Capirossi).
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Oh I got nothing buy Love for Edwards.

But he seems to always be on top in Practice, Qulifying, but never seems to on a "regular" basic "manage" to run in front pack.

Mind you he was not even fighting with Andre D. or Nicky H. , they both just low sides, and Edwards managed to be 4th that's it.

Its not like he had bike issues, or tire issues, or experience issues. For this year Edwards is one of the most experienced racers, and on Michelins (not Stones), no mechanical issues either.

I don't know - I'd just think Edwards should by now running podium every other race. He's been in the game long enough (same goes for Capirossi).
He had tire issues - CE

Basically I couldn't build any heat in the tyre early on. Running that different tyre from Michelin for acceleration grip instead of maximum corner speed, for those conditions it didn't really work.

"Had it been dry from the start we'd have been good to fight for the podium. But with a bit of moisture I couldn't get any heat in the side of the tyre and no edge grip in the middle of the corner. Once I got heat into it I was motoring, which proved had it been dry, I'd gone for a good direction with Michelin.
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He had tire issues - CE

Basically I couldn't build any heat in the tyre early on. Running that different tyre from Michelin for acceleration grip instead of maximum corner speed, for those conditions it didn't really work.

"Had it been dry from the start we'd have been good to fight for the podium. But with a bit of moisture I couldn't get any heat in the side of the tyre and no edge grip in the middle of the corner. Once I got heat into it I was motoring, which proved had it been dry, I'd gone for a good direction with Michelin.
Yea but that's an issue every rider had to deal with.

What i meant is that for that race and track - Bridgestones have always sucked (go research), but Michelin has always been on top. When it started drizzling, it was not helping anyone. But Michelin runners still proceeded to move forward (Ped/Lor passing Rossi) & then 5 riders passing Stoner.

So if Hayden & Andre had not crashed Edwards would be sitting at 6th. All I'm saying is given the tires, bike and conditions he was given - he should have done better.
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