I used to like Aaron Yates. His behavior during the 200 changed my mind. What an unprofessional crybaby. Even if Fania was completely in the wrong (which he wasn't) assaulting the guy and carrying on like 2 year old throwing a tantrum was not warranted.
He showed no remorse or regret in the interview I read. I hope he gets fined and suspended.
Mladin needs a personality transplant. The two that finished behind him, however, are great personalities. Mladin reminds me of Russell in terms of riders you love to hate. I guess it helps you win. But Miguel sure can win, and lose, with class. As for Yates, he reminded me of a zoo ape gone nuts. WWF at Daytona. Nice flying drop kick. Funniest thing I've seen in years. What an ass. The guy up front has the right of way and Yates f'ed up big time. I hope you folks also saw the Miami GP auto race lon Sunday. Almost as much fun at the end of that one. Must have been the weekend when professionals took leave of their senses.
I've seen shots of Yates running into slower riders just because they were on HIS racing line. He also caused all sorts of havoc a couple of years ago by crashing on the first turn at a Superbike race trying to be a hero. This stunt put Eric Bostrom out for the season. He ought to be suspended for at least one race. The AMA has let him get away with this for years.
Best wrestling move of the brawl was when Fania motioned to his groin, in the classic "bite this *******" move. Yates was wrong, Fania didn't even see him coming, Yates is a ****head, he will continue to loose because he is a ****head.
Too bad about the Ducati. I actually think the Ducati will be tough at other tracks. So all is not lost for Eric.
Mladin my hero:
Some of us are personality challenged i.e. we say what we think and we leave off the tact. To see Mladin break down emotionally after the race gives you a glimse that their are two Mladins. The fierce competitor and the husband/father.
Yates the jerk
I used to be a Yates fan but after this I can't ever root for the guy. It is one thing to be competive but assaulting a downed rider is really shameful. First the Laguna thing now this. What if the guy was hurt i.e. staggering around and Yates did this? I think the AMA should suspend him for 2 rounds. Even the head of the Suzuki team said Yates was excessive. Yates should do the manly thing and admit his mistake ,apologize and take the consequences like a man.
Mladin takes his profession really seriously. Maybe Yates should do the same. Miquel can afford to be easier going, being the winningnest AMA rider ever, but I have seen him get competitive and snipey as well in situations. All these guys have superhuman drive, competitiveness and abliitly. Mladin talks about the race
Racing has extreme highs and extreme lows. It almost seems like there's no in-between when you race at the level that I do. For me, after racing 170 grueling miles, I realized that I had a chance to win the race.
With about eight laps to go, I came up on some lapped riders. I set up to pass, using the same racing line that I'd been using on this part of the track all day - in both the 200 and in the 600 SuperSport race.
I came through on the brakes on the outside and in my peripheral vision I saw a rider stand his bike up. So I got on the brakes harder and stood my bike up a bit to give him some room. But I was running out of racetrack.
We went down and were sliding toward the wall and I was honestly thinking that I was going to break both of my legs. Thankfully, the impact was softer than I'd anticipated. I got up thinking that I'd raced 49 laps with eight left to go and a second-place finish in the Daytona 200 was down the drain.
I couldn't believe that this was actually happening. But I never had any intention of hurting anyone. The last thing that I want is for people to get hurt at the track. This is not the way that I wanted to look back on Daytona '04. And this is definitely not what I want the race fans to think of when they think of me.
I'm just so sorry that the whole incident ever happened. And I'm sorry if my actions offended or disappointed anyone.
WHO gives a crap if the guy apologizes now? It's too late. He's an ******* that should be dealt with. 1 race suspension isn't enough. Suzuki should can his lame ass and get someone in there that has a positive image and attitude for both Suzuki and AMA racing in general.
I have nothing bad to say about Mladin's ability to ride. It just seems to me that there is more to a person than an ability to win. Tiger Woods used to be denigrated for his lack of personality and all-consuming desire to win. He has since learned to show a more personal side to his life and is being treated with tremendous respect now by the press and public. As for Mladin, he still leaves me cold. He wins but I don't like him and will root for those who appear to be people as opposed to an automaton. Your posting of his reflections on the week did a good job of illustrating his difficulty dealing with the press. He could learn a lot by talking with Tiger.
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