I can't wait for Sunday. Supersport will be fun to watch this afternoon, but it is just a tease for superbike. I would like to see Ben win , but I have a soft spot for the Go Show. I think he is extermely talented but can never seem to finish a season healthy. A few years ago while at Loudon I got stuck in a thunderstorm and sought refuge in the Ducati trailer and had the luck of talking with him for about 30 minutes. Great guy talked with me like he was just one of the guys. I heard that can't be said for all the current AMA superstars. In the end I hope it is a safe and exciting race.
Off Topic, I know, but for those of us old fart race fans who remember the great Barry Sheen, I felt this was worth posting here. This message was posted on the MotoGP site.
I personally am an agnostic, but I will give Barry my 2 minutes of meditation and reflection.
Wishing you all the best, Barry.
Author: sajeeva (203.76.167.---)
Date: 03-06-03 07:09
I think this is an ideal place for all of us to Pray for Barry Sheen during his difficult times.
He was the the first choice of FIA to wave the chequered flag at the 2003 Australian F1 grand prix this Sunday 9th. With what kind of emotions do you think he rejected the invitation because of ill healt ?
Barry says - "Stomach and oesophagus are difficult cancers, I don't believe in chemotherapy, I think it's just poison, so I'm not going to get involved in that," he said late last year.
"His health has deteriorated since the Australian motorcycling grand prix (2002 October),"
I call on all of you who see this, just to close your eyes for 2 minutes and pray in you own way for Barry and his family to come out of this situation soon and also to ease all kinds of pains he must be going through at this very moment.
"MAY ALL GODS LOOK AT HIM, TOUCH HIM AND HEAL HIM AS WE WANT HIM AT THE 1st MOTOGP IN JAPAN AND RIGHT THROUGH OUT"
Dunno if you have ever had to watch anyone with terminal cancer going through chemo, but I have, and I respect his choice.
Obviously, every circumstance is different -- many cancer patients have complete remissions with help from chemo, and even terminal patients may be able to add quality time to their lives. However, in many cases, especially where the cancer is advanced, the treatment is worse than the disease.
Sometimes, you just have to let nature take its course.
Looks doubtful that much more will happen on track today. Probably yesterday's Superbike qualifying times will have to stand, and the 250GPs will grid based on 2002 points.
Anyway, while everyone is sitting around waiting for something to happen, AMASuperbikes posted a nice writeup on their view of how the top Superbike contestants stack up. CLICK HERE to read the article.
I've seen the process. Really he's right: it _is_ poison. The hope is that the rest of the body will be able to repair itself faster then the tumor. All in all, it's his choice, and I'm sincere in wishing that it works out for the best. I just hope that he isn't thinking that this will improve his chances of survival.
But I'm not in his shoes, let alone his head. It's his decision to make and I'm sure he made it with his eyes open.
This rain delay sucks! Winter is way long here in Maine and I need something to look forward to. Just bought a RC51 and can't wait to actually ride. I put on 3 miles last Saturday and I think the RC51 is going to be a great replacement for my TLS. Why aren't they running in the rain like at most tracks? Danger of the high banks? Or is it because Daytona is not really designed for motorcycles?
The track is very dangerous at best, with far too much concrete to hit.
AMA is not nearly as big on racing in the rain as are the international groups (WSB and GP, eg) -- partly because the US tracks are less safe to start with -- compared to the international tracks, very limited runoff space.
I read an interview with Nicky Hayden, following one of the first tests (I think at Sepang) on the RCV where it rained hard. He stated that this was the first time he had run on rain tires -- in AMA they sometimes used cut clicks if it was damp, but never full rains.
Interesting then that some of the best rain riders in international racing are from the US (eg Colin Edwards and Kenny Roberts Jr.) Of course, these guys have done a lot of dirt riding so they are used to limited traction conditions.