I would have thought so also. Particularly interesting that the Suzuki strength was in the tight infield -- the very place I would have predicted them to struggle. If the Suzukis also dominate at Sears Point (of whatever it is taht they call it now), it could shape up as a long, hard season for everyone else.
I am not a fan of Mladin as a person, but from what I saw of his riding this past weekend, I cannot find any fault with his on-track performance. By contrast, Ben still seems to be struggling to adapt the the Honda.
Still, can't attribute all of the Suzuki success to Mladin, as Yates and Spies were almost as fast (Spies chose not to run Superbike, but did practice with them and was 2nd fastest).
Wow!!!!!!!!! What a machine that Kaw is only 800cc out dated but with one hell of a rider and obviously the chassis as well. Hats off to Eric Bostrom. Still the coolest looking combo out there! Can't wait till the new ZX10R comes out!
I think that's more Eric than the bike - not to discount the job the team is doing, but I really don't think anybody else would be anywhere near the podium on that machine. Did you catch the discussion of various teams changes between races? Mladin's bike was tweaked a bit, the Honda's seemed to have at least a gearing change, and Kawasaki changed...nothing. Eric decided to go faster on the same bike, tires and setup. Damn!
EBos must have one hell of a deal with Kawasaki to keep riding that "old" bike. Eric is my favortie rider and Kawasaki is my favorite brand, but damn how much longer is he going to to stay in the AMA, particularly on the 750!?! I would have loved to see him and Nicky racing on more even equipment! Maybe Kawasaki will get their GP bike running strong by next year for him.
Actually, a couple of articles in AMAsuperbike.com indicated that at least the RC51s were never under 370 in race trim anyway, so the rule change had no impact. Apparently it did impact the Kawasaki, and I don't know about the Ducati.
So much for the "dominant" CBR600RRs. I don't really have a dog in this fight, but I do like to tweak my buddy KPaul a bit! Personally, I was cheering for the Suzuki, being the obsolete POS that it is.
We will have to wait and see if it is just this track being unkind to Hondas, or if the RR is really that far off the pace. Based on this one race, I suggest that KPaul should start hanging out at the local Yamaha dealer, and trying on the R6 for size.