With Biaggi, Kato, Checa, Edwards, Barros and Gibernau all desperate to prove something, Rossi needs to keep his cool. Both Yamaha and Suzuki have better tools sorted out now so it could be either great or a disaster.
I know I can hardly wait! Biaggi has really caught fire, and/or Yamaha have really gotten the bikes sorted. I suspect Yamaha may be regretting their decision to let Biaggi go (assuming it was their, not Max's decision), especially now that they have lost Nicky as well.
What do you think about the news that Max will ride a VV5 Honda next year?
That obviously should be V 5, not W5 (actually my keyboard sorta stuttered and entered 2 Vs). Hey, if VW can build W8's and W16s (for the Bugatti), maybe someone should TRY a W something -- not sure how to package a W5 but what the hell.....
Interesting that Biaggi is going to Honda. On one hand it's kind of disappointing to see two rivals (Rossi and Biaggi) become teammates, but on the other hand, it should prove (even more so) who is the better rider since they're on equal machines. Yeah, can't wait 'till next year, should be good!
At this rate, they will end up having built enough RCVs to meet SBK requirements ;-)
Wonder if they have set up an assembly line for them -- this is approaching the numbers where mass production makes sense.
Seriously though, I wonder if this is good for racing -- it is not like Honda doesn't already dominate, now it looks as if they intend to corner the market in top notch rider talent. If you were to ask me which riders (not bikes) had potential to be 2003 world champ, the Honda squad would pretty much encompass my list. Only other riders I might include are Bayliss and Edwards (who presumably will ride Ducati SBK not GP, and anyway, Ducati will be in a develpment year for GP). Checa could do it, but not yet, ditto Sete. Yep, several others capable of winning races, but not challanging for the title.
Yep, it'll be almost like watching an AMA 750SS race with a field of gixers and a token number of green bikes ;-)
Good point. I am sure that there is certain sharing of technical info through the Honda Factory engineers, but much of the development, tuning, setup etc will be closely held secrets of the individual teams. Given that, Rossi (and Hayden or whoever ends up on the Repsol team) must still be expected to have the best machines -- that team has the track record (remember Mick Doohen? Freddie Spenser?).
Not to take anything away from Rossi, who I consider to be the best rider in my memory, but if the teams were reversed (ie Biaggi was on the Repsol team), my money would be on Max to take the championship.
It is not just out of political correctness that the best riders out there (eg Nicky, Colin, Valentino, etc) are so quick to credit their teams when they win or place well -- it is the honest to god truth!
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