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how 'bout nicky's race. the boy started back in the pack and with the help of bad tire choice got to watch riders fall everywhere. personally, I feel he had a strong enough ride to finish between 3-5 but life is tough on those who choose the wrong tire and nicky got on the stand. GO- NICKY!!
 

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I'm no fan of Honda myself, but 5 out of the top 6 is Honda. If you look at it another way, every Honda that finished, finished in the top six.

Rossi's got his work cut out for him this year. Suzuki's back in the game as well.

Did you try out that Rocket yet? you're in good shape because you can compare it to the V-Max, the other straight line champ.
 

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Let's face it, Honda has the best bike by far. If Rossi wins, I would put him in a class by himself. Most people would kill to get on the best bike. Rossi purposely picked an inferior bike to give himself a challenge. The Triumph test rides will be on the 27th of this month. I'm gonna ride the Max there for a back to back comparason and let you know the results. Can't wait to try out that monster. Looks pretty wild. I think Triumph may have a big winner here. Now, if I can just convince them to stop screwing around with 600 supersports!
 

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As the Wheels Turn

What a season! Every race is like a soap opera. Biaggi, back from the dead. Gibernau, cracking under pressure. Rossi, challenging Honda at every opportunity. Yamaha, rising and falling together (literally, at Sachsenring). Nicky, proving he belongs with the big boys. Superbike riders, failing to make the grade in GP. Bridgestone, poking that big fat f**k Michelin man like the Pilsbury Dough Boy. KR Jr teasing us with moments of championship form. Hopkins, getting beat up like Gerry Cooney. Tamada breaking his cherry. Nakano not breaking anything at 200 mph. Xaus finishing higher and crashing less than the factory Ducatis. WCM ... um, showing up.

For my money, I'd like nothing more than to see the final race come down to Biaggi vs. Rossi for the championship. That showdown in Valencia could eclipse Bayliss / Edwards as the finish of the decade, given the friction between both the riders and the manufacturers.
 

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That was the most exciting race of the year. Nicky really deserved his podium for hanging in there with Biaggi and Barros.



I suppose Rossi was losing tire grip in the last few laps and just couldn't keep pace.



What's up with Kenny Roberts? He very steadily went from 3rd to 8th place and only got that high because so many crashed out in front of him. He does great in qualifying, has great lines through the corners as near as I can tell. He seemed to be slower on the straight, but maybe he just couldn't carry the speed into the corner. Is he unable to race with other bikes around him? What gives?
 

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Biaggi is damn good

I don't really get the Biaggi bashing. No doubt, he's been a massive d1ck in the past, but this season he has been calmer and more mature through both ups and downs. He hasn't complained any more than any other rider about parts, machinery, etc. and he's definitely making the most of his opportunity as of now. He's awesome to watch when he's in the zone of nearly untouchable smoothness (like at Welkom and yesterday), and unlike previous years hasn't folded under the pressure of his recent poor showings. For sheer drama and entertainment, there's nobody I'd rather see dice it up with Rossi. I'm no Biaggi fan, but I wouldn't cry if a guy of his skill and determination won the championship, either.
 

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Screw all that, the way things are going, it's not beyond the realm of possibility to have a 3-way battle for it all between Gibernau, Rossi AND Biaggi come valencia. How incredible would that be?
 

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He most certainly HAS complained more than any other rider. I've never heard Rossi complain once this season of the performance of his Yamaha, or whatever tires he is running, even when it is obviously lacking, as in this weekend.

Assen Qualifying:

For Max Biaggi (Camel Honda RC211V) it was another difficult build-up to a race. He managed a fourth row start in 12th. "Not good," said the Roman. "We still have problems that are hard to fix. Even though everyone is working to the maximum we tried different set-ups but neither gave me the entry I need to the turns or the mid-corner speed I like. But we're not giving up."

(Tamada qualified eighth on the same team's machines, with no complaints)
 
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