I was lucky enough to see the race in person. Eric Bostrom is absolutly amazing. Could anyone else even keep within sight of the leader on that old 7R? It would be interesting to see the results of an IROC type race on cycles.I think he could take Nicky on the same equipment.
You know Bostrom and Hayden are awsome riders but what about that Andrew Deathrige or whatever his name is. That guy has jack s h i t for support. He does 99% of his own mechanical work. He has three top ten finishes and he even admitted that he can't ride as hard as he would like to because he only has one bike and can't afford to wreck it. Thats who I really respect. The factory riders are all kick butt racers but allot of them wouldn't be were they are without the support they get. Bostrom always whines about the AMA officials not pulling the riders that get lappeed before the mid point of the race off the track but those guys are out there living every race fans dream and the factory riders want to p i s s on their hard work because they don't want to go through the trouble of passing them twice. Well maybe Bostrom should be thankful for that old crappy $100,000 racebike and the backup one and the crew and the tire sponsor and the free gear he gets before he complains about having to pass a guy that is out there scraping by on what little he can get.
As an ex local racer (a few steps below the AMA privateers) I respect anybody that has the courage to get on a track. OTOH, did you see the closing speeds from the front mounted cameras? How about the erratic riding by some of the back markers before, during and after being a pass? In the Saturday race Hayden spooked a big clump of the slowest riders so badly he picked up 2 seconds in one lap. That is not racing, that is Russian Roulette.
People who are lapped before the halfway point do not belong on the track during a professional race. Amateur racing provides a place where everybody can get on a track, support classes provide a step between amateur and top level racing. At any level there will be variations between riders and bikes but the AMA's "112% rule" is just too generous.
Bostrom, Hayden and rest are at work here folks, they are not out for a fun filled afternoon ride. They do not have the option of backing off and passing the slow guy a few corners later or on the next straight. They are forced to add even more risk to a dangerous job by passing people who are both slow and erratic. I'm not talking about guys like Brian Parriot, Woody Deatherage and Brian Livengood, they have slow bikes but ride them well, I'm talking about people who just are not ready to be in a professional race.
Racing is dangerous enough without adding unnecessary risk. How would you like having your career, health and even life endangered because you boss wanted a "full office" (as the AMA wants a "full grid")?
definitely...the other day the editor of motorcycle magazine wrote a column against the ama adopting rules aimed at creating evenly tuned machines. that makes no sense whatsoever...make everybody ride on the same amount of hp and we'll see who's the man!
truth is that i dont race...but if i did i'd want the lapped guys to get outta the goddamn way! the ama believes this adds a twist to the races by increasing the level of competition just before they get to lap guys...and this is true we all saw how nicky used it to get way ahead on saturday. the ama wont changed his mind until someone dies because of one of the slow guys...which is really really sad...btw you think chandler would have a chance of coming back at all this yr if not for the use of airfences?
I'll say it again, I think Bostrom could beat Nicky if Bostrom's bike was a V-twin too. Mladin must be doing something wrong or he doesn't have the character it takes to come from behind. He can make excusses all day as to why he's not on the podium. Yates has the same team supporting him and he is doing fine. Maybe Yates' crew sets up his bike to Yates' riding style and Mladin's crew to his riding style. Bottom line is Mladin is not impressing anyone this year. I won't count him out just yet though.
I disagree, this would be very boring! You need to give the manufacturers the ability to show off their wares and see who has the best stuff. Otherwise it would be like watching 750 superstock which is essentially a Suzuki cup! Boooring!!
Pretty fickle. Mat spent the past three years opening many Extra Value Packages of Whoopa$$ on all comers. This year, he can't come to terms with the bike and people claim he's no good. Eventually, they will find the elusive item or (more like) combination of items that have caused the bike to be far less controllable than last year. When they do, he'll be back up there.
That stated, nobody is likely to beat Nicky. His bike is clearly superior and he is among the small handful of top shelf riders out there. Boz, Yates, Mladin, Gobsmack are also there. Miguel, Chandler and Pascal might be right there as well. I say might about Miguel because he's on the same superior bike, but definitely isn't up to Nicky's challenge.