How come everyone thinks Haga is going to do so well in MotoGP when he got his rear end handed to him this year? and don't give me that "4-stroke has smoother power delivery" garbage, the GP 4-strokes gonna be an animal just like the 2strokes are. Haga is good with a mildly tuned WSB bike. He's gonna have his hands full with 200bhp
.......on the Mille in 2002. Maybe they're thinking of getting the bike ready for him in 2003. I don't fully agree with the earlier post that Haga got his ass kicked in GP this year. On Dunlops he'll definitely be a force.
You Dimwit, ask anyone (Including Haga, Crafar, Laconi, Bostrom) Making a tire switch is hard. Had Haga completed a GP season on Dunlops, things would have been different. Laconi was a different racer on Dunlops, often close to the front. There were races when Crafar handed Doohan his ass on Dunlops. Haga is no different. He never slid the Yamaha on MIchelins like he did on the Dunlops. He almost won the title on the D's while he crashed like crazy and was not a challenger on the Michelins. Do your research before you run your trap. Look at the tire they gave Laconi in GP1. Yes, it's Dunlops, because they know he is a proven racer on Dunlops.
go ahead and blame his lousy racing on his tires. according to the speedvision guys, roadracingworld, motogp.com, and pretty much everyone else, it was the powerband he could not come to terms with. but you know better than them, right momma's boy?
What do you mean you don't fully agree? You don't have to agree with an OPINION, but it is a FACT and the numbers can't be disputed. He finished what....13th in the final point standing and was never a real threat the whole season? What do you call that? Being competitive or getting your ass kicked?
On hagas first race on a 500 with dunlops a few years back (cant remember when, around when the R7 came about) he placed 3rd, why, because dunlops are very good to slide with, any scmuck can tell this, ask simon crafer, dunlops are excellent, michelin dont give, they slide then they let go.
Simon crafer is the best example because he did it on hte same bike, first year dunlop, won a gp and challanged on others, second year, michelin, did get anywhere.
It's true that riders like Haga or Crafar ride dramatically better on Dunlops - but a TRUE CHAMPION (like Rainey, f.i.) would be a championship contender even on South Korean tires... He prefered the Dunlops but was a winner on Michelins too...
And, - I bet - the world champion for MotoGP 2002 will be on Michelins, not on Dunlops!!!
Anyway, I hope that Laconi does a good job on the Aprilia - some podiums would be nice... (But if I were Aprilia I would try to get Katoh for 2003 - he is the only one good enough to beat Rossi... and he is a lot cheaper)
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