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Old 09-11-2012, 04:06 PM   #256
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At all the televised races i watched this year I really wanted the "pocket rocket" to be at the pointy end, if only because he's Ron's kid.

I do wish him luck on Ten Kate- maybe the combo will get him closer to the front.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:10 PM   #257
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I don't think Ten Kate is the worst place he could have ended up. He did well on the underfunded Stiggy Honda and has BSB experience on it too.

I think he has put too much pressure on himself this season though, tried too hard to out perform Marco.
Yeah, sort of like Spies I think. Leon is a top tier racer. Nothing has happened to him other than his results sagged a little. IMO, Marco took over the team on him so it's best he moves on. I like the Ten Kate option! HRC might even get a little more involved in development.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:25 PM   #258
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I don't think Ten Kate is the worst place he could have ended up. He did well on the underfunded Stiggy Honda and has BSB experience on it too.

I think he has put too much pressure on himself this season though, tried too hard to out perform Marco.
He never seems to have recovered from Donnington. He was looking pretty good for the first win for BMW up till that point and then when Melandri got it, it all went downhill after that.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:38 PM   #259
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He never seems to have recovered from Donnington. He was looking pretty good for the first win for BMW up till that point and then when Melandri got it, it all went downhill after that.
I am a fan, but he has seemed a little bit desperate this season. I think he could be on the podium regularly if he just settled down a little bit.

But then again, I have no clue as to what is really going on with him.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:25 AM   #260
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Wow - why no Miller? It seemed that there was a real synergy in having the race there. Maybe somebody is backing up the money truck to draw WSBK away from SLC.
It's simple: Miller couldn't sell enough tickets. SLC doesn't have a large pool of racing enthusiasts to draw from and the nearest population centers are all considerable distances away. And, IMHO, once you are there you are faced with what has to be one of the worst spectator tracks yet devised; I had photo credentials and hated the place.

Laguna is a good place for spectators, not to mention traveling motorcyclists. I have my doubts about how nice the new Austin track will be (being a ground-up design for modern F1 is a major impediment to good spectating) but it's not surprising WSBK would be looking at it.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:44 AM   #261
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And, IMHO, once you are there you are faced with what has to be one of the worst spectator tracks yet devised; I had photo credentials and hated the place.
So it's not just me. Miller is a incredible facility in a shitty location. The layout is virtually flat, the surrounding countryside is a bunch of sheep farms and the soil (incredibly fine and dusty when dry and incredibly thick and gooey when wet) really plays havoc with the machinery after an off-track excursion. I wish Road America had the same kind of $$$ to throw at improvements. A WSBK or MotoGP race there would be epic.
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Old 09-12-2012, 11:52 AM   #262
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I wish Road America had the same kind of $$$ to throw at improvements. A WSBK or MotoGP race there would be epic.
How many hundreds of millions is COTA spending to build its facility? What tiny fraction of that would be required to get Road America up to code?
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Old 09-12-2012, 01:34 PM   #263
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I'd much rather go to Laguna to see WSBK than MotoGP.
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Old 09-14-2012, 04:55 AM   #264
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Old 09-21-2012, 10:39 AM   #265
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:42 AM   #266
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Yessssss. As soon as ALMS and Grand Am announced their merger I knew this would happen. Laguna has limited days for no sound limits, now there's a free one for WSBK.
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Old 09-21-2012, 11:54 AM   #267
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Woo freaking Hoo! Can't wait.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:04 AM   #268
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It's official: Leon Haslam is leaving BMW Motrrad.
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Old 09-23-2012, 11:19 AM   #269
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Old 09-23-2012, 01:54 PM   #270
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It's simple: Miller couldn't sell enough tickets. SLC doesn't have a large pool of racing enthusiasts to draw from and the nearest population centers are all considerable distances away. And, IMHO, once you are there you are faced with what has to be one of the worst spectator tracks yet devised; I had photo credentials and hated the place.

Laguna is a good place for spectators, not to mention traveling motorcyclists. I have my doubts about how nice the new Austin track will be (being a ground-up design for modern F1 is a major impediment to good spectating) but it's not surprising WSBK would be looking at it.
I completely disagree about miller being a terrible spectator track. I've been there three times for WSBK, and its great. Just need to buy a parking spot behind the gate/ past the free parking area. Park wherever you wanted. I had a reserved spot at the attitudes. Ride your bike around, walk everywhere.

Dome of my best race action photos are from there.


Miller staff and the people of SLC couldn't have been nicer or friendlier. Hotel prices are reasonable and some of the best back drops you could ask for.

I love the place and yes I've been to laquna.
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