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Well I think Mladin will do well..the level of talent in WSB is waaayyy down from what it used to be...so he should do well. Too bad Mladin never raced when WSB was "big". Duhamel raced against the stars and even got a podium finish. I think Mladin wants to race this year because the competition isn't as stiff as it used to be.....Oh..and he's still a weenie!
 

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>>too fast and experienced for AMA Superbike but would probably get spanked in World Superbike<<



Given the fact that he was also fastest in the first WSB qualifying session (with a motor he had never before ridden with -- considerably different from the AMA motor), I think it fair to say that he might well be better than most of the current WSB crop.



BTW, for those p!ssing and moaning about the unfair restrictors on the WSB Suzukis, note that his and Yates times on the WSB version are virtually identical with those on the AMA bikes, so it looks to me that the restrictors don't really have that much of an impact in final analysis.



Ducati is winning everything in WSB because they have the best riders -- if Suzuki WSB team was using Mat, I think they would be challenging, if not dominating, the series.



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given he is not the most civil of people and

hard to approach, but he is FAST!!! have any of you guys even seen him ride?? remember this guy won 3 ama'a on a 750. i wacthed him today and yesterday blast down the corkscrew between guys with not an inch to spare, and wheelie out of the following right hander totally crossed up and then slam it into the next left hander. he blasted by Hodgson today and took the pole pulled in and watched him plant his bike in turn 3. yes- he can compete at any level- given a decent bike and full factory support. no i am not a fan of his, as a matter of fact my buddy asked him to sign an autograph and he looked at him like he was really asking him for a favor- go figure... just my lousy 2 cents...
 

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Re: Welcome back bob

I am in the middle of moving and don't have my new internet connection up yet -- getting by with the local library's computer -- when I can convince the wife that I should take some time away from unpacking boxes, that is! Sorry to have missed out on so much of the fun!
 

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BTW, for those p!ssing and moaning about the unfair restrictors on the WSB Suzukis, note that his and Yates times on the WSB version are virtually identical with those on the AMA bikes, so it looks to me that the restrictors don't really have that much of an impact in final analysis.

I think, though, that if you look at it, it depends on the track. Laguna isn't the fastest track on the circuit.

From my understanding, the air restrictors really come into play on high-speed straightaways... Hence why Hodgson can draft Lavilla way easier than the other way around. Laguna isn't fast enough for draft passing. But the GSXR, even with the restrictors, still has a crapload of low-end power that comes into play on corner exits, which makes it about equal to the 999 on tighter tracks...
 

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Mladin Sucks!

Just as I commented in the beginning of this post, Mladin can't hang with these guys. Lower talent than last year and he still got 4th. Would have been farther down than that if several guys hadn't crashed.

Then in race 2, he bails. What a *****. He knows damn well he can't hang with these guys and that's why he didn't race.

On top of that, this is a track in his series. By the way, Pole position doesn't mean crap, it's the race that matters.

Edwards, Bayliss and Haga aren't even there. If they were, he would have been even farther back.
 

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Re: Welcome back bob

Good post by you above about Mladin. Seems my in your face style of posting is offending many. Out of respect for guys like you on MO I'll tone it down. Folks take me way too seriously. But I do get pissed when folks put down a guy who may not have people skills but can ride a bike real well. At least Mladin and me have one thing in common eh?
 

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Just as I commented in the beginning of this post, Mladin can't hang with these guys. Lower talent than last year and he still got 4th. Would have been farther down than that if several guys hadn't crashed.



Then in race 2, he bails. What a skirt. He knows damn well he can't hang with these guys and that's why he didn't race.



On top of that, this is a track in his series. By the way, Pole position doesn't mean crap, it's the race that matters.



Edwards, Bayliss and Haga aren't even there. If they were, he would have been even farther back.
 

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I agree that Laguna Seca is a track where the restrictors make less difference, however several inside sources have suggested that there is at most 1-3 hp difference at the top end -- I am not saying that 1-3 hp difference doesn't matter, but it is far less than most people would suspect.



When the British Superbike team (their rules are virtually identical to the AMA except I belive that they have to use unleaded 92 octane gas) entered the British WSB round, the on of the riders (John Reynolds?) stated that they could not tell the difference in power between the two.



My point is that Lavilla is certainly a competent rider, but I would never have ranked him in the top ranks, regardless of what bike he rode. In spite of this, he is progressively finishing better and has at leas had a podium finish. The fact that Yates and Mat were consistantly much faster than he is suggests that if either of them were to be riding the WSB Suzuki, they would at least be mising it up at the front.



Regards

Bob
 
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