Nice going Aaron (crash and burn) Yates, even your number one fan (Dave Sadowski) is not going to have too many nice things to say about you!
That had to be the stupidest move you have made in a while, and we know how many stupid moves you have made, VIR and Road America come to mind.
Were you trying to win the race in the first turn?
What you did was ruin the race for Bostrom, destroy some very expensive equipment and confirm the fact that you don't give a flying sh!t about your fellow racers and people in general. Suzuki and Yoshimura need to really think about the kind of competitors they hire to represent their teams, yes I know that winning is everything, but at what cost?
Let see Mladin wins the AMA superbike race then he goes out sets the pole for the WSB, and then finishes 4th with a restrictor plate fitted Suzuki on a obviously inferior Dunlop tire. Put him on Michelins and his AMA bike and he wins.
Not to b*tch about my $11.94's worth here (Which, BTW, I think has paid for itself many times over at this site), but why a halfway report? Sure, you guys have a life too, but at least 5 lines of race results would have been nice.....
KPaul, you obviously did not watch the same WSB race I did. Mladin was being passed in the CORNERS due to his inability to select and hold a tight line. Even the guys on last year's Duc waxed him, usually in turns 3 and 5. That's got not his bike's fault, it's his. If his bike were so inferior to the steel framed, single-sided-swingarmed, decade-old-design Vtwin, why didn't said Vtwins blast by him on the straight where it would have been less challenging?
Bottom line is that you take the clear HP advantage away from Mladin and you're left with a mediocre pro racer. You give EBoz Mladin's bike and you'd have EBoz domination.
Why do you think Mladin inked his multi-year deal w/ Suzuki recently instead of waiting until AFTER he's crowned AMA champ? That doesn't make much sense if you want to negotiate from strength, right? In his case, even if he wins the championship, he knows that he'll never have a stronger case than right now. By mid-season next year he'll have Kwak, Honda, Yamaha, and perhaps another MFGR breathing down his neck when they begin to really dial in their bikes. And then it'll be back to the same old "I'm Mat and my bike's a lump of blubber" whining from him.
As far as the obviously inferior Dunlop goes, there were Duc guys out there on the same Dunlump tires who had no problems. Mladin never saw a tire he didn't waste in the first half of the race. Telling him to conserve his tire is futile and is one of the main reasons he's an overrated pilot.
Oh, and BTW, why did Yates not burn up the course against these panty-waist Ducati riders? I mean, let's be honest, if you watch other WSB races, Lavillia's GSXR is not at a massive HP deficit to the Duc, and Laguna is not a big HP track. So where were the AMA guys?
EBoz was the only AMA guy capable of really running with this WSB crew, that is until Yates had to try to win the race on the second turn. All in all, a pretty sad showing from the AMA Suzi jaggoffs.
>>...teammate Aaron Yates fourth and Kawasaki's Eric Bostrom the only other AMA Superbike rider in the field....<<
While not a wild card, as he already was competing in the WSB, Bussei is the new current rider for the AMA Ducati Austin team (replacing the fired Gobert), and made a damned impressive showing.
Last seen in WSB languishing back in the vacinity of 14th place on a Yamaha R1, he did a great job of stepping into GoShow's boots and giving the team probably its best weekend ever (and himself his best ever WSB finish). I think we will see a lot more of this guy!