The person who probably has the most to fear is Biaggi
He pissed and moaned about how he could not beat Rossi because the Yamaha was inferior to the RC211V. Then he got a Honda ride and still could not beat Rossi, except when Rossi was having tire problems. If Rossi gets on the Yamaha and still beats Biaggi it will be clear as day to anyone that Biaggi is a lesser rider when compared to Rossi. I am stoked to see the American contingent in MotoGP next season. And your right, Curtis Roberts is a big cry baby. The only bigger cry baby than Curtis is Mat Mad-Ladin.
Yeah should be excelent. Amazing that a yr ago I was one of the few that said Nicky had any chance at podium finishes in 2003. A yr later the talk is of how he will be winning in 04.The kid has it. I also feel great for Edwards.America will rule moto GP in 04.
George Barber please,please,please get us an event in the USA.
I thik Valentino will fight valiantly to keep the Yamaha on top of the box, and win more than a few through sheer skill and determination. In the end though the untried bike will spit him off enough to DNF his way out of the top spot.
Sete is poised to take it, and will through consistent finishes and a proven racebike.
Colin will dominate the middle of the season after getting his bearings with the bike and team, but falter as the big boys get serious. He'll only take firsts through attrition, and then not too many.
Nicky will come on strong, and win at least one of the first five GP's. He'll have a very successful and consistent mid-season, but start DNFing later as he begins pushing too hard in search of the top spot.
Max. Oh, Max. Max and Xaus will butt heads from the first race on. The animosity and constant battles between them will take their toll, with Biaggi beating Ruben after a bizarre late season legs and arms a'flyin fall takes Xuas out for several weeks.
Gosh if Eric & Ben were in MotoGP the only reason to pay attention to AMA would be to watch 1000cc supersport with the new bikes.
I think EBoz should have gotten that spot they gave to Xaus. With his determination and ability to simply ride the wheels off of whatever bike he's given, I think he would be a serious contender for a rookie championship. Given what he was able to do on that completely outclassed ZX-7, one can only wonder what he could do on equal or superior equipment.
The good news is that MotoGP will be a great series this year, not just watching Rossi wait untill the he gets bored to turn it on. The bad is that Eboz did not get a GP ride on a competetive bike ,his WSB rides gave him some experience on the courses, and he rides the snot out of whatever hes on.
The good news for AMA is Eboz has a competetive bike, so the AMA series should actually be a hoot. The bad news is the goofed up rule structure. AMA is still trying to figure out the best marketing/competition combinations. The cranked up 600's will be fun to see what they can do.
The bad news is WSB (Ducati cup, single tires) is probably not going to atract as many fans this year. Good because there is less factory ducati teams to dominate and more "privateers"
Xaus will crash and burn, hopefully not taking anyone out with him.
Hey, djou see on roadracingworld.com that Yamaha is building a Superbike R1, for hacking i spose? Nothing will be more fun than listening to mladin complain when a few other people are on "equal machinery" in `04. Should be fun.
Oh, yeah, baby. This is going to be the best and most unpredictable MotoGP series in a long while. I think that the Ducati will be on the box in every race, with the superb team and bike they are fielding. Honda is going to have problems, since their bike may be very good, but without The Doctor, they will be on an even footing with the Duck. Still, they will be on the box. But the spoiler is Yamaha, or rather Yamaha/Rossi.
Rossi is proving what a true champion he really is. He knew he had the best bike out there. He knew people said he wins because he's on a Honda. He knows that if he wins on a Yamaha, he will be considered as one of the greatest champions ever. I suppose if he doesn't win it this year, he could race AMA and cry about the rules like some other "champions" do.
No doubt about a great GP season coming from all angles: the machines, the talent, and the rules. MotoGP is the only organization that have rules that even begin to make sense. WSB & the AMA have castrated themselves. If manufacturers refuse to participate and fans refuse to watch, they've earned their disaster. MotoGP, on the other hand, has it all together. Rossi knew the risks, but needed the challenge--yippee! Colin finally gets the ride he deserves. Personally, I think he will be a real force. I can't see him folding under pressure late in the season. He is the original "Gonads of Steel" competitor. Just remember how he beat out Bayliss when the whole world had written him off. Nicky has it all: talent, smarts, determination, charm. He'll be there. He and Colin also have a new full time job doing damage control to prevent the good ol' US of A from being embarrassed to death by Curtis Roberts self-indulgence, hyperactive mouth. I can't think of anyone in racing I dislike more than Curtis. He has never really proven anything (sorry folks, a 600SS championship ain't that big a deal in the real world of top notch roadracing) except that he can out ***** everyone else in the paddock--God help Nicky and Colin. Sete will be in the heat of it. He is a veteran that has it all. As fine a gentleman as he is, he is a great ambassodor of the sport. If Ducati can get the Duc to turn, Bayliss and Capirossi will be major players. I think Max has had it, but with occasional flashes of brilliance. I don't think Barros or Checa will be in the hunt , but may be capable of an occasional upset. Tamada could be another longshot if Bridgestone keeps developing their tires as they did last year. Ukawa is on a Honda and learning fast. That's my best guess, for what it's worth. I'm so wrong about predictions. The only ones I can guarantee is Curtis' big mouth, and Nicky and Colin will be in there till the end. Go America! Cheers, Jack
In the past, the biggest problem with Yamaha has been their refusal to supply parts the riders asked for to improve the bike. Hopefully, since Yamaha was willing to pay a fortune for Rossi, they will also be willing to supply the needed parts he requires to make the bike competitive. If they aren't willing to do so, they have wasted a crapload of money and talent only to fail again. Here's hoping they have had a corporate change of attitude. The ball is definitely in their court.....Cheers, jack
Besides, Motorcycle.com MoFos, whatever happened to the 5 bike shootout you promised us for apre Christmas, to keep us entertained while all manner of scurrilous relatives infest our living domains in every other room of my house?
The answer is yes, I can't imagine a better lineup, the 04 winner will truly be THE world champion road racer.
Its interesting to compare. MotoGP is shaping up to be the best possible professional racing, a la F1. In the US, the new 1000 "superstock" and 600 SS series are more like club racing, with limited modifications. While that may be less interesting to watch on tv, for this CCS club racer, its much closer to what I can comprehend and aspire to compete in. If I had to pick them, that's the way I'd want it. I admit that AMA and FIM Superbike will be laggards this year. But, with this MotoGP series, who cares.
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