"If Biaggi were to show some sort of generosity in defeat, you could almost feel sorry for him...During the post-race interviews, there were no words of congratulations from Biaggi, and he even managed to describe the race from his perspective without mentioning Rossi by name. Winners are by nature bad losers, but even the greatest of winners, Mick Doohan, would have had some words of felicitation".
Hits a home run. Very well and true. Mouth..err... Mad...er... Max Biaggi has ALWAYS been a sore loser and and @SS. Many in the paddock (including in Yamaha) surly agree.
Once again PI treats us to an outstanding race. That's only to be expected though. It's very rare for a dry race of any kind at PI not to be truly spectacular. The PI track is one-of-a-kind in that it causes races to be close-knit, exciting events, that you wont find in todays world of sanitised "race" tracks. What makes us Australians even luckier is that we can regularly get onto the PI track and experience it's exciting qualities for ourselves. I'd highly recommend anyone from anywhere if they ever get the chance, to come to Australia, russle up a sportsbike and sample what must be one of the worlds truly great tracks.
Congratulations to Rossi on achieving what we all knew he would the very first time we saw him play with a GP field on a 125.
Congratulations to the entire field for a tight, exciting race.
And as for Haga, he finally rides the 500 as we knew he could, just as he's jumped back out of the series. What a waste.
What Rossi has accomplished is incredible, and it appears he may rewrite the records books, if luck stays with him and he stays healthy. As for Biaggi being a sore loser, I will list a few more sore losers for you. As memory serves: Kenny Roberts, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, John Kocinski, and Wayne Gardner are a few that come to mind. I recall post race comments from each of these men that were far more sour and far more direct than anything I have seen from Max Biaggi.
Re: Rossi first rider ever to win 125, 250 and 500 world tit
Hailwood won in three categories as well, but not 125, 250, & 500. Hailwood was champion in 250, 350, & 500.
That reminds me of when Freddie Spencer won the 250 and 500 in the same year. The headlines claimed it was a first, and it was. However, the 350 and 500 titles had been won in the same year before, and at that time 350 was considered more prestigious than 250.
Still, to win both in the same year in the modern era was incredible, and may never be repeated. Unless, maybe Rossi gives it a try next year.
Yep...Definately the race of the season.Congrats to Rossi he rode a stunning race..and I thought Haga was sensational,but he really seemed to have a horsepower problem on the straights..Big congrats to Anthony West on the twin..to beat Roberts, Abe and Checa is quite an achievement.
Nice ride Haga, now get the he11 out of GP, you suck
yeah, i knew people would be all over the fact that haga battled for the lead. great, the "tiger woods" of superbike leads a race for 1/2 a lap, big whoop-dee-doo. definitely the most over-hyped rider to ever come into grand prix without a doubt. what place did he wind up finishing, 7th or something?? isn't that his best finish of the year?
You are a troll and you suck, get off the message board
He came in 4th at Donington(sp?). Give the guy some credit. Went from 4 too 2 stroke. Went from Dunlops to Michelin tires, and most of the tracks he raced were brand-new to him. That is huge learning curve IMHO.
No, the most over-hyped rider to come into GP's would have to be Katja in the 250's. I'm sorry Lincoln but I didn't see what place you came in during that race. Were you ahead of Haga ? Were you challenging him for the WSB title last year ? Have you ever been spat off of a GP bike ? Give the guy a break cause he CAN ride a bike.
Are you stupid, or just pretending? Haga had to not only learn a whole new kind of bike, and tracks, he had to fundamentally change is riding style because the old one wasn't working for him in GP's. How many of us would be able to drastically change the way we ride and still be competitive? I forgot to ask, do you race?
It seems like Haga has been finishing around, and often ahead, of Roberts, McCoy, and many other veterans. That seems pretty good for a first year 2stroker. I bet next season he would finish 3rd or 4th in the championship, ina series that is renowned for kicking new riders to the curb, if he stayed 2stroke.
that Haga was a big fish in a little pond when he was in WSB. Now that he's in with the big boys, his weaknesses were exposed. I would never have said 2 negative words about Haga if i didn't have to listen to all the squids tell me preseason how he was gonna dissect the grand prix class. now go put your tail between your legs, Haga, and get the F outta here
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