2strokerider wrote: ken was on a 250f!! and he also caught, passed and beat dungey (from a mid pack start) - not bad for a 'euro' on a 250f!
pourcel was very unlucky, i think he would have won that last race- he was definitely onit! We will never know, but there was definitely alot of bad luck for CP that day!!!
Tommy searle rode great- bring on the des nations next year!!! I will definitely be there (and will tie it in with a weeks riding trip again)- I hope USA turn up, but i dont think they will!!! If they do show up- you will be amazed at the speed jeffrey herlings can get round that track!!!! he is something else in the sand
cairoli is due a good mx des nations aswell!! He has had a few good motos (his moto win at matterly 06 and his moto win in 09 for example) but seems to have bad luck pretty much every year!
1. Seems to me a guy named Villopoto was on a 250f in 2007 at Budds Creek, and beat all the 450s and 250fs by over a minute. Sit quietly for one minute to contemplate how big of a lead that is. I dare you.
2. Marc de Reuver-a sand specialist from the Netherlands-said he was-and I quote-"shocked" at how fast James Stewart was in the sand. Where is Stewart from? Florida. Where do both Ryans spend a large amount of time? Florida. Just an FYI, all the GP fans going on and on about Herlings in the sand started sounding stupid some time ago. He's fast in the sand. We got it. Move on. Really. Please.
3. I was wondering how long it would take McCread to get on here and start in on how the AMA riders are no better than the GP riders, how you can't compare the 2 series, yada yada yada. Turns out it was not long. Of the riders on the top 3 teams, 7 of 9 were are are AMA riders: Villopoto, Dungey, Baggett, Pourcel, Musquin, Reed, and Metcalf.
On Saturday, with no rain and straight 450 vs 450 and 250 vs 250, the U.S. went 1-1-1. 2 of the 3 individual class winners on Sunday were AMA (and American) riders. Roczen will be AMA next year. The fact is that McCread is simply wrong when he says AMA riders are no faster than the GP riders. They are. They have to be. The pace is faster in the U.S. right out of the gate. GP rider after GP rider comes over here and says so-including NUMEROUS world champs. The U.S. has also has 16 rounds of supercross, which are 18 minute sprints over insane jumps and whoops that requires near perfect starting technique. Roczen pretty much sucked when he started racing them but then began to learn and adapt to the technique and pace and then WON in Vegas. Racers here do not have to learn different cultures, food, languages, etc. and those things have nothing whatsoever to do with going fast on a motorcycle.
AMA racers focus on 1 thing-going as fast as they possibly can. If they lose focus on that, someone else who doesn't lose focus will probably beat them.
The fact that the occasional GP rider is able to come over and adapt to the faster pace and even succeed shows that it not a domain that is owned by where you are born. If you are willing to come over and pay the price, you can succeed as well. But you'd better be one tough mother, like the South Africans (Albertyne, Langston, Ratray) and the Australians (Reed, Metcalfe, Byrne), if you hope to do well here.