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DAMN that boy is fast. I wouldn't be suprised if they stick him on the best machinery next year and put a little politics in the mix and have Rossi held up in the pits a la the Suzuka 8 hours.
 

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I wouldn't go that far yet... True, the 2-strokes have been lapping a bit quicker than 4-strokes on most tracks, but the RC211V has consistenly put up quicker lap times than 2-strokes (recent IRTA test at Catalunya).



Capirossi came within .2 secs of Rossi on the last day, but Rossi and Ukawa were pulling at least 1 or even 2 seconds over the field for most of the weekend testing.



Also, the GSV-R with Ryo were clocked at around 310 KPH, which is nearly 193 MPH (word has it the RCs were clocked at 322 KPH - making it at 201 MPH - *can't remember source* but i'm not sure to believe it).



Since those bikes are in their infancy stage, my 2 cents says that once the 4xers sort out the gremlins, the 2xers' will be stomped into oblivion.

 

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I've never ridden a 2-stroke street-legal bike, just dirt bikes and snowmobiles but I think I have the general idea... :)



I know it takes more cc's for a 4-stroker to put up similar HP numbers but they're more technically advanced and more reliable as well as 'cleaner'.



Wish manufacturers would do puts some more R & D $$$ into emerging new technology for cleaner and more reliable two-strokers.



If they do that, then we'll have engines that are smaller, lighter, more powerful and best of all, less expensive!
 
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