I am an avid fan of WSBK and MotoGP. I prefer superstock and supersport over AMA (DMG) siperbike and FX.
This is going to be a heck of a year in WSBK and, AMA Pro SBK should be intersting also. I'm anxious to see what the new Yamaha will do against Mladin and Yoshimura Suzuki. I wonder how Hayes will do. I really thought Hayes was going to give World Super Sport a shot. Can't blame him though, Getting a ride on a Yamaha SBK is what he wanted.
I predicted (on another forum) Spies would get-- "duffed up". Nothing more than a feeling-- but, I was right! And, of all the people-- Biaggi didn't surprise me. Biaggi's fault or not, he seems to have a penchant for it. I did the "Icky shuffle". Rarely am I right about anything so, I had to celebrate
I won't spoil race two if you haven't seen it yet (though, there I am, watching the SPEED Race report and they gave away the results of race two before they even aired it!!) That bummed me up!
Let's just say, Spies astounded me. Nothing short of a spectacular performance for a new track, new bike, new country!!
for the WSBK championship.
Rossi (If he wants it)
I think Hayden will fare no better than he did last year-- 7TH overall at best. I think this will be his last year. He'll come back here or do WSBK. If he comes back here, Mladin will retire and we'll never know if anyone can give him a run.
OH! Forgot-- my AHRMA interest lie in my effort to get my 450 on the track. I spent a substantial sum buying stuff all winter only to find out the new rules forbid most of it. They now require stock exhaust (which, talking to Tim Lile-- chief rules dude-- they will change in 2009 because of the cost of OE exhaust parts). But, OE or OE replacement engine internals means, no fancy hi comp pistons, valves or guides (unless you cheat-- you gotta be pretty desperate, in my opinion to cheat in Historic production NOVICE-- I'll wait til I move up to Sportsman!! )
You must run OE side covers which means, no A/M air filter pods (that I can see fitting in there). Stock tank, stock seat, fenders, carbs, and stock rims. Doesn't leave much room for any meaningful mods at all!. Even if you did "cheat" and build the crap out of the motor, your going to be restricted with stock exhaust and carbs! We'll see. They want it to be inexpensive, entry level racing. So, I applaud them.
Make everything right and tight, safety wire, catch pan, clubmans, shim the front fork springs, change the fork oil, slap on a set of shocks and tires-- boom, you're racing!
I am going to sand blast the frame (you can only remove the side and center stand lugs), and have the gussets welded. Replace front and rear wheel bearings (thinking of using ceramic bearings), steering head bearing, and bronse swing arm bushings (thank you Bill!). The engine will get new crank (ceramic) bearings, rod bearings, cam chain and tensioner, maybe a hone with rings and a valve job.
Foam Uni filters fit under those side covers, but barely! I ended up trimming mine down just a little at first, then went to town on them trimming. They fit much better now. I got the 15 degree angled ones just in case I needed to rotate them one way or the other.
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