Sure she was there. She finished dead last and was lapped by Katoh. But she qualified (which 3 other riders failed to do) and she finished, which a stack of other riders didn't manage. I did the MO interview with Katja last year and from the way she described her approach to racing, today's GP will be repeated for her many times this year. Next season she'll start kicking macho ass!!
I really doubt that. By looking at her web-site, she never truly did kick ass...even against lesser opponents. I will stand by my statement....the only reason she is in GP is because she has 2 things men don't...and they're both above her waist....
I really doubt that. By looking at her web-site, she never truly did kick ass...even against lesser opponents. I will stand by my statement....the only reason she is in GP is because she has 2 things men don't...and they're both above her waist....If there ever was an undeserving ride doled out in GP, this is it......
This is sort of a quibble, but it bears comment just for the significance: What order were the races run in? More importantly, which was Honda's true 500th GP victory? The races I saw in Austria back in '93 had the 250s first and the 125s last, which would give that rider and bike the wreath. How did they do it at this round?
Still thinking about gray-marketing (VERY gray, I fear) an NSR250, although I wonder if my big Midwestern butt would fit on one.
I have to agree to some extent. She really did have almost zero time in the seat of her new bike, but that said, she never even did good in World Supersport. Usually people move up, because they are winning, or finishing close to first a lot, but she rarely finished in the top 5 from what I have read.
First of all, Katja deserves some slack. Last season she rode Superstock (on a Gixxer750 like you Rob!) and not Supersports. She ended up 6th. in the championship, with a high runner of 2nd. at Misano. True, she was a member of the richest (read most powerful) team in the paddock and there were rumours of some very unstock components on her stock Gixxer, but she can ride a bike fast. She is now at GPs because Dorna bought her to steal one of SBKs major assets. She'll get some mid-field placings later in the season and more consistently so next year. World Champion? Nah!
Walker is at GPs for same reason. Only European country where SBK is really popular is UK, so Dorna needed a British rider to spite SBK. They do a lot of matchmaking. Don't worry, it works both ways, hence Juan Borja on a Infostrada Ducati at the cost of Ben Bostrom last season, to get a few paying visitors to the race at Valencia (didn't work, the place was seriously empty).
The politics of sport.... Thank God there is still some good racing.
Dunno for sure, but the story says Azuma (125s) gave Honda their 3rd victory of the day... so, presumably it he should get that 500th GP victory wreath (with perhaps some minor mention of Doohan, et al, eh?)
Its very good.These bikes may have a lot of good power, but they just don't turn and burn like the Superbikes... I know the Suzuki 1000 kicks ass at the endurace races but in the Canadian and British series they are still behind the twins. They may do better, but they won't dominate. Ducati is safe for now...