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Old 01-04-2003, 07:28 PM   #1
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Default Who are your 2003 MotoGP picks?

I have to go with brand-loyalty for the #1 spot, although his testing times have been impressive!

1. Troy Bayliss
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Max Biaggi
4. Colin Edwards
5. Nicky Hayden

If you need a reminder, the list of riders may be found at:

http://www.motorsm.com/motorcycle_GP_2003_Teams.asp
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:10 PM   #2
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Default GP moto drivers

I believe it will be:

1. Eddie Lawson
2. Wayne Rainey
3. Randy Mamola
4. Kevin Schwantz
5. Kenny Roberts Sr.


Ok, that was a joke...but it was a list of my favorite 500cc riders..all of whom I have met and had wonderful discussions with

Anywhoo..My 2003 picks are:

1. Rossi Pasta...he just has so much momentum
2. Troy Baliss..(i too am a huge Duc fan)
3. Edwards....new bike (i think), should be interesting
4. Hayden...would be great to see the young guy in world class competitiion. reminds me of a young kevin schwantz or John Kocinski..(remember that guy??!!)
5. Max Biaggi...always a contender

Great topic SubEd...hows that Duc sounding?! Only a Ferrari 360 Modena comp.car comes close to the music that a V-2 Duc can play

Cheers,

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Old 01-04-2003, 09:18 PM   #3
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Default Re: GP moto drivers

Quote:
Originally posted by Davis K Powers
I believe it will be:

1. Eddie Lawson
2. Wayne Rainey
3. Randy Mamola
4. Kevin Schwantz
5. Kenny Roberts Sr.

Ed checks his autographed prints...Nope, Lawson and Schwantz don't race anymore.
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Old 01-04-2003, 09:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: Who are your 2003 MotoGP picks?

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Originally posted by SubEd
I have to go with brand-loyalty for the #1 spot, although his testing times have been impressive!

1. Troy Bayliss
2. Valentino Rossi
3. Max Biaggi
4. Colin Edwards
5. Nicky Hayden

If you need a reminder, the list of riders may be found at:

http://www.motorsm.com/motorcycle_GP_2003_Teams.asp
Yeah... I pick them too.
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Old 01-04-2003, 11:00 PM   #5
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Tie L. Capirossi and V. Rossi
3. Biaggi
4. Edwards
5. Bayliss
7. Hayden
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Old 01-04-2003, 11:19 PM   #6
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I started watching bike racing two years ago. Between like 7 classes in AMA, 3 in MotoGP, 3 in Superbikes, and all of the rule changes in all 3 series regarding allowed maximum CC's I have gotten totally and positively confused
can somebody explain to me relationship of lack there of between Superbikes, and MotoGP, is one better than the other, are they rivals? Why does top 2 guys from Superbikes switched to MotoGP

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Old 01-05-2003, 12:36 AM   #7
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Osgood30, you asked a question which would take a long time to answer. Probably better for you to go to www.cyclenews.com and read the archives over the past year. I will attempt to give the quick 5 minute answer.

MotoGp has been, is and will continue to be the premier motorcycle racing series. Up till last year, 500 cc two strokes were used by the top teams. Those were handmade purpose-built bikes and though the chassis' crossed over to the public sportbike market, the motors (being 2 strokes) were unable to be sold to the public because of their dirty emmissions. The costs to run these bikes were astronomical and very little of the manufacturer's costs could be recouped. New rules allow multicylinder four strokes in many configurations up to 990cc's. Everyone (all the manufacturers and some you haven't heard of before)is going to be in the game this year and it should be fantastic.

Last year World Superbike had lots of fantastic racers piled into one class and consistently had better racing going on than MOTOGP, problem was there were really only two competitive bikes. The 1000cc v-twins have dominated this class for many years now. The 750cc 4 cylinders fell even further behind as manufacturers have all but stopped developing them. The Ducati's pretty much ruled all year until the one Honda had some major revisions that made it competitive with the Ducati's again. Colin Edwards did the rest for Honda and they won the championship(they were fools to have let him go to Aprilia). The Aprilia mille showed itself to be capable at times but would usually fall back towards the end of the races. Future looks grim for World Superbike IMHO as a stand alone series. Most likely will be a training ground for MOTOGP.

AMA superbike racing has been pairing v-twin 1000cc bikes with 750cc 4 cylinder bikes for several years now like World Superbike; if the v-twins don't break or their riders don't crash they usually win. A 750 rider has to ride the piss out of their bike to stay in sight of the "quicker off the corners" v-twins. Suzuki is the only manufacturer still making a competitive 750cc bike. Since the 4 cylinder 600's are almost as quick as a 750, and the 4 cylinder 1000's are in another league all together, the 750 bikes are going away. The v-twins will have the same displacement rule as the 1000cc 4 cylinders but will have a weight advantage and fewer intake/motor restrictors . It should make for some interesting racing this year. I just hope they don't strangle the liter bikes too bad.

I know I didn't cover all aspects but for a quick answer that is the best I could do. Search cyclenews for more info, they should answer any question you have.

NOMAD


BTW, I can't believe you guys didn't include Alex Barros in your lists. Once he finally got a V-5 honda(after riding a 500 2 stroke most of the year), he showed Rossi his backside winning 2 of the last 3 GPs, finishing a close second in the other race only because of a last lap mistake. After the last race of the year, he hopped on the Yamaha M-1, the bike he will ride next year, and proceeded to shatter his "set the previous day" Honda fast lap times on his first 1st ride ever!!!!!!!!!

Hayden will be on his head many times next year, I think highly of him but it is a steep learning curve in GP's. I think Hopkins will beat him consistently. I also think Hopkins will beat his teammate Roberts as the top placing Suzuki.

Colin Edwards will do well if the bike develops properly.Haga should be in the top ten also. IF the bike gets sorted out! Aprilia has been GP racing for a while now and really have their stuff together.

Rossi will be top 3 no doubt but I don't think next year will be a runaway. Honda is really stacking the class. Biaggi will be a top five guy.

I don't see Ducati as a front runner the first year out no matter who is riding them, They make great v-twin race bikes but this is a whole new ball game. Same with petronas.

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Old 01-06-2003, 09:35 AM   #8
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Nomad you make some good points about Barros.

I believe Colin will have more of the "new problems" vs the new Duc.

IMO, Roberts should have left Suzook. He/they will still flounder against the better factories. He could have easily got a ride on the competetive Yammy.

Below is a link to Rossi's comments on Capirossi and his ride.

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/racing...60171&navID=37
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Old 01-06-2003, 11:57 AM   #9
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Wow, as much as I'd like to root for Bayliss, Edwards, and Hayden.... new bikes, new to MotoGP. They'll be lucky to get top 5 by seasons end.

Here's my picks:

1. Rossi
2. Katoh
3. Barros
4. Biaggi
5. Checca



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Old 01-07-2003, 02:02 AM   #10
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I think it'll be a more interesting year with all the new and improved bikes than 2002, but I still think Rossi is gonna win again. I think everyone else will be racing for second, even Capirossi. BTW, anybody remember 250GP a few seasons back when Capirossi blatantly rammed Harada out of the race and title? Totally assinine move; never liked him since then.
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