I was at Fridays practice & qualifying session. Mid Ohio is sweet. I'll tell you who is truly the best rider out there. It is by far Bostrom. He rode in the 750 SuperBike, 750 SuperSport, and 600 Supersport practices. He put in more laps than anybody. He absolutly dominated the 750 Supersport practice. I, for one, have much more respect for Eric B.
Yeah, you're right Mladin was the big winner, with a 1-2, over Hayden's 1-3.
Nicky Hayden is a young phenomenal rider. The fans love him because he rides hard, and rarely whines about things like Mladin does. Besides, Mladin has won 2 championships, already won race 1, and to top it off he isn't American. Who do you expect to have bigger fan support?
I was one of those people screaming for Nicky when he passed Mat the last time (ok, I was screaming for him after I heard the fans in the grandstands go nuts, and then saw him come through turns 7-8 ahead of Mladin. I also was a big fan of Nicky Hayden when he first started road racing at age 16 for the Hypercycle Suzuki team.
Also consider the fans were happy to have a nice race for the second Superbike race. Race 1 was mostly a parade after 5-10 laps, with the top 4 just riding around in the same order, not very close to each other.
I have to agree that Bostom is a great rider, not sure I'd say he is the best in AMA racing. Although he is doing very well, on equipment that most would agree is not as good as his competitors (especially in Superbike).
But I think you may be confused about something, I would be very suprised if Bostrom was running in any of the 750 Supersport action. He doesn't compete in that series, and would not have a reason to be out there (except for extra track time). He did ride in 600SS and Superbike.
Sorry I just checked the practice times, and he was out there for 750SS, in practice on a 750cc Kawi. He must have just been getting some extra track time. That is strange.
Glad you enjoyed your time at the track, but if you were only there for Friday's action, then you missed all the racing on Saturday and Sunday, which is really what its all about.
Seems to me that any American rider that has gained huge fan support, is great for the sport of motorcycling. Not only Hayden but look at the Bostrom brothers. They're great on camera, the girls love 'em, sponsors like 'em even better.
so whether or not Nicky is great may not matter. He's still bringing alot to biking in the USA.
Way to go, RC-51!! In the second race, the Honda not only nailed first place, but also 3 of the top 4 spots!! Gotta love those twins!! I've owned 2 VFRs, and loved watching the RC-45, but there's just something special about the 51.
I actually got to see the Kawasaki up close and personal on Friday. (we had paddock passes) that thing is right on par as far as chassis, suspension, and brakes. the only place it could be lacking is in the motor.
but Eric proves week in & week out that a skilled rider can easily make up the slight hp deficit. how many hp do you think the Kawi is actually down? i'd guess it's not all that much.
Mladin going to GP1 would be cool too. I'd like to see Eric take the title in AMA 750 SBK on the Kawi though. He's worked so hard on it this year, it would be almost cheating for him to just jump on a better bike like the Yosh teams.
I feel sorry for Mladin. He has qualified on pole for every race this year. He is the 2 time defending champ. He is leading the points series this year going for his third straight title. He is on the verge of setting new records for the most wins and pole posistions.
He is without a doubt the number one rider at the moment in AMA. All other riders are trying to beat Mladin.
Yet the guy gets no respect. Don't get me wrong Eric B. is great to. I mean he is doing things on the kawi that nobody has done in the last couple of years. Since Muzzy left the team anyway. Nicky had he gotten a better start in the first race may have gotten the double victory.
With that said everyone is trying to beat Matt and that combined with his record makes him the number 1 rider in AMA for now. Anyone that disagree's is simply using their emotions to decide and is ignoring the facts and a little thing called logic.
You're probably right in that he is the most talented rider. He also probably has the best machine. But he is a jerk. He is overly , won't sign autographs, and looks rather annoyed by the SpeedVision reporters when he does his post race interview. He is lacking one important trait that Eric Bostrom has boat loads of........personality.
I don't think he was riding the ZX7R in 750SS. Not even Eric could put that pig in the front. He was probably riding his ZX6R. A fair number of 600SS riders go out in 750 practice. Tommy Haydon does it often.
I absolutely agree. Everybody give Mat a hard time, but I can't see why. The guy speaks his mind and thousands get their panties in a twist. Do we really want racers who are all super antiseptic? As for him being a jerk, I don't think he is. He openly admits that he isn't the life of the party, but he ALWAYS gives the credit to his crew. I just read another interview where he spent the majority of the time talking about his crew. That is not the sign of an egotistical jerk.
Also, remember that twins and fours fare differently in WSB and AMA. This is because of small rules differences that really change the power picture. Still, i think that Boz and Matt could do better over there than Chili and Yanagawa. Boz proved that at Laguna by beating all of the 4 cyl bikes.
Matt may not be the most likeable rider in the paddock and maybe he is a whiner. I don't know. Never met the man. What I do know is he is the best right know in AMA. Period. I don't let my emotions make that decision for me. He is the best whether any of us like it or not.
To be honest I don't think any of the top racers right now have much of a personality. In fact the only racer I've seen with any personality on the TV in post race interviews is Travis Pastrana. That kid is one of the most likeable racers I've seen thus far. You just can't hate him.
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