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The Sp2 had front end chatter on Edwards and Okada's bikes this past weekend. That combined with the bumpy Oschersleben track created what Edwards called "tennis elbow" for him. He said it should be fine for Assen. Also, if you didn't catch the race, Castrol Honda has gone to a 2 into 1 exhaust system on the SP2's. This is supposed to help boost midrange. Looks like it did help as Colin didn't move backwards once he got his position, except for Zaus's marvelous riding. Michelin gave the Castrol Team a new rear which was the difference in the race. With Colin, Ben, and Troy all very close, the last 2 rounds are going to be good. Can't wait for Sunday. Go Tornado!
 

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I am wondering about the rules for the bikes. Obviously, it is within the rules to change the exhaust from 2 into 2 and go to 2 into 1 (honda did it) What I am wondering, what can be changed and what can't? It really doesn't live within the spirit of the rules, Superbike (unlike GP) is based on production motorcycles and GP bikes are prototypes. The bike should have a stock (somewhat) appearance and be based on production parts.....Comments
 

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I hope Troy Bayliss still wins the SBK as he has been the most consitent rider all year.Anyway I think the SBK is getting a bit like the GP's someone gets in front and goes away with it.At the moment World Super Sport has to be the best ,closest and most exciting to watch no question.

 

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I don't have Speedvision so I don't see much (if any) of the World Supersport, but I can imagine how close it is. The Supersport machines are all much more closely matched. The same reason that AMA 600SuperSport (I suppose 750 too, but the talent level isn't as high) racing is some of the best action I see each year (live and on TV).



At least none of it is as boring as F1, a true procession race.
 

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Way back when M.O. did a survey asking for our predictions on who will win the WSBK championship, I picked Colin Edwards right off the bat. Even though his season hasn't been really smooth he's right in the chase on the RC-51 with the latest and greatest from Akrapovic helping out I hear. I hope he can pull this off because it would be a great come back if he does. Go Colin Go and don't look back until you see the flag that is WHITE AND BLACK!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Have an exhaust the looks close to stock? Hmm was your question really serious? Hmmm some of you people really scare me with your unsubstantial blab! Now what you should have asked was shouldn't the Rc-51 that Colin rides be Red and Black in color and have DOT approved tires! That would surely have got you shot from point blank range HA HA HA! I don't think one part on the WSBK honda bikes have a stock part left on them anywhere. Well maybe the frame and that's about it.
 

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Hey, ease up on the guys who are asking serious questions. We're not all as "informed" as you think you are. And if you think that Colin's frame even might be stock, you know far less about race bikes than you think you do.

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How can you say Colin Edwards does not have the fire in him. No one does more testing and track work than he does he is in almost every race it has been the bike that has let him down this year and that is hard for me to say cause I am a honda fan he had mechanical failures in two of the first four races and if you were paying attention which i doubt you were you would have noticed that Edwards was ahead of Bayliss in both of those races. Bayliss is a great rider but he is not ahead of Edwards because he is trying harder or because he wants to win more. His bike just hasen't let him down as much. If you want to see a racer with no fire left look at Kenny Roberts Jr when you just quit that makes you a real loser I hope he gets smoke checked by every privater in moto gp but Edwards is not a quiter. You are probably from Austrailia and thats why you like Bayliss which is cool but don't bag on a champion because he isn't from your country. I don't question Mladins desire to win so don't talk smack when you can't back it up. I hope neither Edwards or Bayliss have any more bike problems the rest of the way so we can see who is the better rider not who has the better bike. IN CLOSING THE TORNADO CAN SMOKE ANY PUNK ON THIS SITE TO INCLUDE ME. So don't question the mans desire.
 
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