Give me a break. Why don't you interview Mladin and ask em that? I can see it now.
Burns: Mladin I think you are big pansy that you didn't race in the second SBK race?
Mladin: Well like I said all weekend the AMA championship was our biggest goal. By winning the AMA SBK race went accomplished our goal from the weekend. Participating in the WSBK helped our AMA cause only in that it gave us more practice time. Frankly I was beat after the race #1 where our bike and tire was not doing well
Burns:What about those who think you should be racing elsewhere like WSB or MotoGP i.e. something more challenging.
Mladin: Well with the WSBK future in doubt and shortage of rides in MotoGP we feel that AMA is where we should be. I like it here in the U.S. , Suzuki pays me well and the competition is a good as any other National championship (like BSB etc.)
Restrictior Plates. Most of WSB tracks are long and flowing this really hampers bikes with Restrictor plates. Colin Edwards said that went comentating at the WSBK race in Italy. But restrictor plates were not the issue specifically at Laguna Seca where it is not so much a handicap. Tires were. Mladins Dunlops failed him.
He doesn't love racing. It's just a job to him and nothing else. Follow the activites of the true greats and you will find them racing just for the pure fun of it, even if it risks their championship runs. Nicki Hayden still raced TT dirt tracks while winning the AMA SBK championship. Rossi races in dirt and even in freakin' rally cars (must drive Honda crazy!) in between winning MotoGP races. Look back at all the great riders like Lawson, Rainey, Schwantz, Roberts and you will find all kinds of extra carricular racing.
Come on KPaul, Mladin failed Mladin for not knowing how to manage his rubber and for not understanding that when you don't have a 20+HP advantage on the field, you have to watch out for pesky competitors who want to pass you in the turns! How dare they!
A really good rider can find a way to win on equal or less than equal hardware. Mladin has shown us too many times over the past couple of years that he's not that good of a rider - he requires a better machine than the field to succeed.
Look at Franky Chilli for Pete's sake. He rode a privateer based Duc to a win yesterday. Not last year's factory machine, but a Ducati Corse client machine. A decade old design with a single sided swing arm, a steel frame, and a VTwin. With that bike he can wax the floor with Mladin - even though Mladin's bike has MORE HP, even with the plate!!!! The agony and horror!!!
Yeah, it's two words, alright - Mladin's Overrated!
Re: KPaul the Motorcycle prophet and defender of Mladin
>>Put him on Michelins and his AMA bike and he wins. <<
First of all, his and Yates times on the WSB bike (which has to run on 92 octane unleaded) were virtually identical with those on their AMA bikes (that run probably 120+ octane race fuel) so I don't think the restrictors had much to do with it (which is exactly what the British Suzuki wildcard riders found at the British round).
As for tires, he CHOSE (or his team did) to run Dunlops -- some teams DO run Michelins. Presumably they did so because they prefer them (much as BBoz does). In any case, Frankie Chile managed to win with Dunlops, so they must not be totally sh!t.
Mat was very impressive in qualifying, and I was rooting for him to win (I greatly admire his talent, even if I don't always admire him as a human being). Quite frankly, at race pace, he clearly was outclassed by Chile, Xhaus etc.
Well, I was surprised at the level of talent out there today. I mean, you can see from the tape that I wasn't prepared for Laconi and Chile and Xaus and Toseland and Hodgson and whoever else to make me look like a school girl in the corners like they did. I was going to come up here and essentially say that I quit half way through the race due to exhaustion, but I figured instead that I'd tell it like it is for once.
You see, no matter how often my team tells me to save my tires and use a restrained, thoughtful strategy during a race, I just can't. I can't remember anything like that for very long. So all I know how to do is go like hell for 15 laps and hope no one can catch me after my skins are trash. And usually that works like a charm because I have 20 or so more horsepower than the Honda guys!! Hahahaha! Hahahaha!
But for some strange reason all of the machines were pretty closely matched in the power category today, and I was left looking pretty stupid since I can't really race with a slow, pig of a bike. You've never heard something like that from me before, have you?!! Ha!
Anyway, today just goes to show you how smart I am! I signed my new contract THIS YEAR instead of next year when Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, and maybe Royal Enfield will all have competitive bikes in AMA. Next year results like today - or worse(!) will be common, and that would have meant no money for Mladin... You all think you've seen a lot of quitting and bellyaching from me when I was on a 750? Ha! You ain't seen nothin' yet!
Oh, and I sat out the second race because my crew chief refused to let me race my AMA bike. I cried and said it wasn't fair. But he said no again, and I went to my trailer to get a popsicle.
I bet he only felt tired after they kicked his butt, up until then he thought he was a sure winner that's my take on it. It's not what us Kiwis expect of an Aussie, they are normally fierce competitors and know how to win just to ***** us Kiwis off.
Did you ever see Wayne Gardner or Mick Doohan behave like that?
What a wuss. He loses just as I said in the last post. Then he's such a girl he has to bail on the next race because he knows it's futile for him to even try and beat these guys at one of his home tracks.
He must have an L tatooed on his forhead somwhere. LOSER
Mladin is a weenie still. 4th? Against that weak field? Then doesn't step up for the next race? Don't lay any of the crap on us about tires or restrictor plates. He used the same equipment for the pole position, no? Weenie, I say!!
If you want to see a REAL feat, read on...
Duhamel placed 3rd and 3rd in 1997 against one of the best fields EVER in WSB. ..a virtual who's who of motorcycle racing:
So your boy finishes in a weak field. Yippee. Then punks out for the next race..boohoo. He's a weenie...stop defending him...
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