MotoGP and MotoAM Combined COTA Spoilerfest

Discussion in 'Racing' started by yooperbikemike, Apr 9, 2019.

  1. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    Still have an obligation to finish out his season and most likely a contract. He wasn't some amatuer that brought his bike in the back of his truck. His refusal affected many more than just himself. Crew probably eligible for bonuses, sponsors, etc.

    I get your point but while the rider may be taking all the risk, racing is still a team sport.
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  2. tinhead

    tinhead Long timer

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  3. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Mladin's incredible competitive drive to win races and championships extended to assembling his own crew and keeping that same crew together for years. Those guys made a decent money and had very good, steady jobs in pro racing (which is very rare) thanks to Mladin. I'd be shocked if Reg O'Roarke and Peter Doyle had anything less than full support of Mladin's decision to sit out that race. There are dangerous tracks and I respect the racers who will take a stand for safety.
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  4. alienbogey

    alienbogey Been here awhile

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    ^^^ Some day.

    ETA: At COTA for MotoGp, I mean
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  5. RememberTheFallen

    RememberTheFallen Been here awhile

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    I was not around racing during this time but he was the only rider in the whole series to sit out the race, yes?
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  6. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    Come on tinhead. We know what your rig really looks like.

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  7. DogBoy

    DogBoy Not a Gnarly Adventurer

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    There was a lot of controversy that weekend. I don't remember who sat out. I remember that Josh Herrin went off the track at high speed in the Daytona Sportbike race and narrowly missed one of the walls everyone was complaining about. It was scary. There were several racers who wouldn't race Mid-Ohio in the rain leading to a cancelation. Several riders sat out the Homestead race when it rained. In the late 70s and early 80s there were full on revolts at Grand Prix races over safety conditions, mostly led by Kenny Roberts. Other tracks have made major safety improvements just to accommodate motorcycle racing. All thanks to racers taking a stand.
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  8. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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  9. mike54

    mike54 You don't get me

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    I always thought he had a book in him "How to Win at Anything"
    My girlfriend was introduced to racing during the Mladin era. It took her a while to understand how one person could dominate like that.
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  10. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Exactly,racing is a business and Mat said what he thought,so did Kenny Roberts many times.
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  11. JBird

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    By using traction control while it was not allowed under AMA rules at the time???
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  12. Tarmac Kid

    Tarmac Kid Doesn't Like Stuff

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    The Scuderia was pleased he honored his contract.
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  13. WIsixfitty

    WIsixfitty rock and roll the bones

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    You're only cheating if you get caught.

    I remember watching the exit of T6 at Rd America and hearing the factory Suzooks ignition cut out on acceleration and at the time... thinking they're using TC. :lol3

    I also had an encounter with Mladin just after he crashed on the uphill blind entrance to T6. He lost the front on brakes and augered into the pavement pretty fricken hard! He got up, walked off the track to where the spectators were (including me) were standing. I had my Honda Superhawk right there, I told him he could use it to get back to the pits. He smiled and said sorry mate wrong brand.

    One thing for sure about Mladin, is he went balls out from the second he threw his leg over the seat.
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  14. peterhively

    peterhively Been here awhile

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  15. PeteN95

    PeteN95 Long timer

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    How about the "rovals" at Loudon and Phoenix?!? They made Mid Ohio and Homestead look very safe! The AMA forced riders to race at some of those death traps.
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  16. fore

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    cota still looking bumpy AF
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  17. Dagofast

    Dagofast Full giggety ahead.

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    FP1: Normal service resumed. Vinales is the only one in the same zip code as MM93 but Mav will fuck up his race start or qualifying or something... It's still early but it looks like Dovi and Grandpa46 will slug it out for the podium again.
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  18. Pantah

    Pantah Jiggy Dog Fan from Scottsdale Supporter

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    The last AMA Loudon National was 2003 I think. They held it on Fathers Day weekend and as usual it rained. TV was there but the only riders that took the track were locals. A few of them were hired by AMA teams as Loudon 'Ringers', and of coarse they raced Loudon in the rain countless times. The first race up was Pro Thunder. The touring riders refused to take the grid. Bob Bahre (track owner) went batshit!!! He stood in the paddock and put up $25,000 for the Pro Thunder winner. It was raining like crazy... A few rolled out and took their out lap. A local kid riding his Dad's 748 out of a Boston dealership lapped the field... And he crashed 3 times!!!

    As I recall they ran the Superbike race on Monday when it was dry. There were few fans and no TV. The AMA never came back.
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  19. tinhead

    tinhead Long timer

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    To follow up Pantah-
    The following year, Loudon was dropped in favor of Fontana. Unlike "dangerous" Loudon, a rider was killed when he crashed through a barrier and was hit by riders on the piece of track he landed on.
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  20. Florida Lime

    Florida Lime Long timer

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    Loudon in the rain wasn't bad, it was much better than some. I won a Last Chance qualifier for a F1 National in the rain - I just followed around a guy sliding everywhere on his TZ750 until he lost it in T3. :D
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