Whether that story is accurate or not, I'd love to see what the Mat man could do on the world stage. World Superbike seems like a more logical move (staying with Suzuki and the world-beater GSX-R1000), but who knows?
Once you have achieved something it is worth trying to achieve something else.
I can't understand how much satisfaction an individual can get from winning at the same task over and over again. No question he is a very talented rider but it is time to move on from the AMA. Although when he wasn't winning he was whining and complaining. So, perhaps he isn't up to the challenge of something new. I can guarantee he won't be winning in MotoGP.
I can't imagine Mladin racing MotoGP on a Suzuki. If a former World Champion, like Kenny Jr., can't consistently finish in the Top 10 - the bike probably has something to do with it.
As far as Mladin getting out of AMA Super Bike - Yeah, thank God! And, I sure the other riders would say, good riddance! I caught the last race, several minutes in to the broadcast; and Mladin was so far ahead that I assumed hed crashed-out - until I looked at the position streamer. Seriously, if it weren't for Mladin not wanting to take unnecessary chances, he'd probably lap-the-field into the top 10, every race.
Mat seems to have upped his game this year, that new Gixxer hasn't hurt. He seems to have our field covered this year, it would be interesting to see how he would do on the World stage, if he can get a competitive ride.
Headline: Moto-journalist Flock to Churhes and Pray!
I predict a water shortage, wherever the first race between Rossi and Mladin takes place...Moto-journalists will be so excited, theyll be running to the bathroom - to keep from sh!tting themselves! And, shame on the poor scribe who doesnt have his, "Burt Sugars Hyper-hyperbolic Thesaurus," on hand. Truth is: there's some body parts Im particularly fond of that I might be willing to hand-over for a crack at this one Why? Because I'm lazy, and THIS ONES GONNA WRITE ITSELF!
Thank God, Howard Cosell was cremated otherwise, hed probably show-up for it, too.
With the current animosity between factory Suzuki and American Honda I do not see a way for Mladin to jump ship without BIG money exchanging hands. Futhermore, Honda would have to ditch the guy that they feel would be the next GP superstar (sorry, Nicky). Rational people would (and could) see Suzuki ditching KR keeping Hopkins and adding Mladin to and ever improving GVR project.
Re: Headline: Moto-journalist Flock to Churhes and Pray!
Well, the closest we'll get this year will be when AMA superbike and MotoGP are both at Laguna Seca on July 10. It won't quite be a direct comparison between the two of them, but they'll both be racing and trying to put down some good laps to show off for the other series. And to all you people who have tickets, you suck.
American Honda would have everyting to gain by seeing Mat off to MotoGP. Then their riders might have some chance of winning. Adam's reasoning doesn't make much sense to me. It would be a win-win for Honda.
As a Mladin fan, I would love to see it. Sete and Nicky are kind of missing the mental toughness of Mat. However, I think Mladin is about 5 years too old for this and will turn it down cause of his family. Unless, they said to Mladin you get Biaggi's bike i.e. the best Honda bike...and you get Biaggi's salary and half of Nicky's. Also he gets to bring his crew with him...
Whether you like Mladin or not you have to admit he is the consummate professional on a motorcycle.
Wasn't Kenny Roberts Jr. a world champ on a Suzuki back when they were racing two strokes? I think the Suziki four stroke bike is back where the Kawasaki is. Mladin won't go to MotoGP on a bad bike. Didn't he do that once already? I agree with others its the best Honda bike or he doesn't go at all.
That's a real good point. However, HRC needs someone to compete with Rossi, and they need him fast! From the way I see things, Mladin's contribution to HRC could be two fold. 1st: He would be a viable competitor against Rossi. 2nd: He might serve as a good mentor for Nicky Hayden. I have no doubt that Nicky Harden has enough talent to be a MotoGP champion. On the other hand, he may be too-nice-of-a guy. He might also be having some difficulty considering, his responsibilities to HRC keeping his head straight. And, if there was ever a perfect roll-model for keeping-your-head-straight, its Mladin!
Another thing to keep in mind: Rossi vs. Mladin would be an awe-inspiring rivalry. The contrasts between Rossi and Mladin are classic: Rossi has unparalleled talent and remarkable drive, Mladin has unparalleled drive and remarkable talent. It would be, like: Ali vs. Frazier An irresistible force vs. an immovable object or Ahab vs. Moby ****! Hell, its almost "My dad, can beat-up your dad."