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Jaimec
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2017 - 08:49 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Checked in at the MicroTel in Beaver Falls (birthplace of "Broadway" Joe Namath). Got caught in a quick shower on the way, and other than the car fire practically shutting down I-78 this morning it was a pretty uneventful ride.
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Jaimec
Posted on Saturday, August 26, 2017 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Fresno: You CAN'T say that Superbike race today was boring!
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Jaimec
Posted on Sunday, August 27, 2017 - 08:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

DAMN! Gillim's crash happened right in front of us. When he didn't move, I was afraid for the worst. Fortunately, a fan behind me had binoculars and confirmed he was standing on his own, and got into the ambulance under his own power.

Nice touch for Roger to open his leathers after he won to show he was wearing a "69" T-Shirt under his leathers.
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Monday, August 28, 2017 - 03:27 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Crazy good race. Glad to see Roger win one finally, even after the red flag.

Looks like Gerloff needs to goto Europe ASAP.
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Jaimec
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 12:15 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

RoadRacing World reports that Hayden Gillim is fine. Cameron suffered a dislocated shoulder with his incident... hope he can race in two weeks!
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - 05:35 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Cam was on a different level...the field got lucky he DNFed.

He's young. I suspect he will be ready for the next race in a a couple weekends.

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(Message edited by fresnobuell on August 30, 2017)
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 11:16 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Cam out. Looks like he had a pre-existing condition. Herrin is in. WOnder who Josh will dive bomb and take out now?
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Jaimec
Posted on Monday, September 04, 2017 - 07:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Herrin missed Pittsburgh for the STRANGEST reason. He showed up, ready to race only to find out the team wasn't sending his bike and equipment. Apparently the team owner was upset at MotoAmerica because of the way he was treated after he punted TWO title contenders off the track in two races?? He's lucky they were as lenient as they were! And not letting him score any points doesn't hurt MotoAmerica, it only hurt Josh. Insanity!!
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Figorvonbuellingham
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 08:31 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

You'll have that when you combine classes. If I remember correctly that was a contributing factor in Casey Stoners retirement. He was tired of the track being clogged up with the tech bikes.
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Jaimec
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 08:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Superstock 1000 and Superbike aren't that far apart, and neither class has enough riders for a decent grid separately (yet). Same for the 600s.

The difference between the factory prototypes and the CRT bikes were like combining Superbike with 600cc Supersport.
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 - 09:43 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

There is more to the story with the Meen Motorsport and Motoamerica. Maybe Meen saw the moneypit this thing really is (with no return) and conveniently used the Herrin penalty as an easy way out.

Right now, the grids and racing is at an all time low. Even the 390 class has racing that is spread out. IIRC correctly at Sonoma, one rider won by 12 seconds in the first race. What a joke.

All I know is if I had to choose any one class to watch it's Moto3. Those boys are balls to the wall all the time. And it's damn impressive how fast they can get those 250s to go.
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Jaimec
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 01:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

I beg to differ. Since Wayne Rainey and team have taken over, racing has not only gotten better, but attendance (from non-scientific observation) has been growing from year to year and television coverage (thanks to beIN Sports) has improved significantly.

DMG and the France family damn near DESTROYED domestic motorcycle racing with their ill-advised running of the series. It is SO much better now and only getting better. Everyone was pleasantly surprised at the size of the crowd in Pittsburgh. The parking lot was completely full and the few food vendors there were completely overwhelmed. I'm hoping they get more vendors (and more variety) next year.

The presence of European racers like Toni Elias, Valentin Debise and Ant West has forced the American racers to pick up their game, too.
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Wednesday, September 06, 2017 - 04:28 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Bein Sports is doing a great job, no doubt. Full props to them. Watching the racing commercial-free is worth the price of admission. Period.

I will agree my earlier statements were a little harsh and there have been darker days, so the series is not at an all time low, but compared to 10 years ago the series is a shell of what it used to be.

I remembering some of the old 600 class shootouts with Eslick, Herrin, the Wolverine, Aquino, Zemke, Hacking, etc. etc.

Here's a random entrant list from the Daytona Sportbike of 2009. I believe this was under DMG. I think you will agree this is a much more compelling field of racers...notice even Chaz was on the Aprilia. Good times!

http://www.amaprolive.com/live/archives/rr/2009/07 -laguna/ds_entrylist.pdf
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Thursday, September 07, 2017 - 05:09 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQirRe48S-E&featur e=youtu.be

Enjoy.
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Jaimec
Posted on Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 03:13 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Interesting changes in the class set up for next year including the addition of a "Sporting Twins" class. With Ducati coming out with a V-4 Panigale next year and no one else really building two-cylinder sportbikes anymore, I wonder what they were thinking? A BMW R-nine-T spec class??

(Message edited by jaimec on September 15, 2017)
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Jaimec
Posted on Friday, September 15, 2017 - 10:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Okay, so it looks like its open to 600cc to 850cc twins. There are some fairly sporty motorcycles in that range, but no real "hard core" racing bikes I can think of. BMW has the F800R, Yamaha has the FZ-07, Kawasaki has the 650 Ninja, Suzuki has their SV650, and Honda has their CBR650. Ducati also has a couple of Monster models that fall into this range.

Of course, there are weight considerations as well. Be interesting to see how this plays out.
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Fresnobuell
Posted on Tuesday, September 26, 2017 - 04:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Maybe they are fondly reminiscing of the old Daytona Sportbike (the link a couple posts above actually is a great example of the mish-mash of manufacturers). It was compelling to see the 600s battle it out with the larger displacement, heavier Twins. It's my personal favorite couple of years, when Slick was kicking ass on the Buell. Nobody put on a better show on any bike in the paddock.

I do think seeing more variety in the paddock is a good thing. Only seeing 600cc or 1000cc inline-4s gets old.....
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Jaimec
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2017 - 07:06 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Provisional 2018 calendar is up:
http://www.motoamerica.com/motoamerica-announces-p rovisional-2018-schedule

COTA will now be the SECOND race of the season. Road Atlanta will be the new season starter. I am DEFINITELY planning on Pittsburgh and NJMP for next year.
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Jaimec
Posted on Monday, November 20, 2017 - 09:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Josh Hayes is stepping aside from racing full time to become a test rider and coach for the Monster Yamaha team. Stepping up to take his place will be two-time Supersport champ Garrett Gerloff.

I would've preferred seeing Beaubier called up to Europe and Gerloff taking his seat. Hopefully the season will play out and they'll be able to challenge Elias and Yoshimura Suzuki next year.
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Jaimec
Posted on Friday, December 01, 2017 - 12:21 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Custodian/Admin Only) Ban Poster IP (Custodian/Admin only)

Hey Tim! This is exciting news, how come you didn't report it to us first?

http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/motoamerica-th rashed-bike-racing-and-max-flinders-to-step-up-to- superbike-class-in-2018/
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