Will Honda win a major championship this year?

Discussion in 'Motorcycle Racing' started by Julian Bond, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. Julian Bond

    Julian Bond Guest

    MotoGP, WSB, AMA have gone. BSB is close but they have a good chance of
    losing it with Lavilla going into the final 2 races at Brands with a
    slim advantage. 125GP is knife edge. Kallio could and should win it.
    Which leaves 250GP. Pedrosa has a comfortable lead but Stoner is coming
    up fast.
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 2, 2005
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    Well there's major and Major. They did win the WSS600 too...
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 2, 2005
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    I'm not sure what to make of Leon Haslam. He's got experience of almost
    everything except MotoGP. Intermittently, he's seriously fast. But even
    this year he's been a bit reckless. Still young though.

    There's a chance that GSE will go back to WSB next year with full
    factory bikes and if they do it's likely to be with Lavilla and Haslam.
    The talk is that Ducati would actually run 4 factory bikes rather than
    the 2 factory and 2 year old that they've done in the past. But right
    now from the 2nd MotoGP slot down Ducati's teams are all over the place.
    The only other definite rider and championship is I think Hodgson.
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 3, 2005
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    Given that it's October now, the seats for 2006 are very undecided
    Ducati do have an embarrassment of riches and options. Only Loris and
    Neil are confirmed. Potentially there's a factory place in MotoGP, one
    or possibly two at D'Antin, 2 and possibly 4 in WSB, 2 in BSB and one in
    AMA. And chasing all that is Sete, Checa, Rolfo, Xaus, Bayliss, Laconi,
    Toseland, Lanzi, Lavilla, Haslam and maybe even people like Byrne Or
    KrJr. Not to mention a bunch of people like Hayden and Emmett in BSB.

    And not much respect among that little lot. ;-)

    And how much are they prepared to pay Sete after his current run of
    "luck".
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 3, 2005
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    Yup, this weekend. We went to the first race at Brands and planning to
    go to this one.

    Lavilla has raced WSB at Brands several times so he knows the circuit.
    Ducatis work well there. 13 points is just enough so if necessary he can
    just follow Kiyonari. 2 2nd places is enough. Part of the appeal is GSE.
    With their past history of Bayliss, Hodgson, Toseland, Walker they're
    very much the plucky British team taking on the might of Honda.

    Then there's Reynolds in what could well be his last race at Suzuki and
    what really ought to be his last race. He's won a WSB race there, he's
    fit finally, and they've finally got the Suzuki working. And there's the
    usual collection of nutcases in the mix as well.

    Should be a good day as long as the weather's not too silly.
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 4, 2005
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    I'm still pissed that I wasn't able to go to our last race in
    Expedia shows flights from Daytona to Valencia Nov 3-7 for $640. How
    far would that motorhome take you for $640 @ $3+/gal?
     
    nobody, Oct 4, 2005
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  7. Julian Bond

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    Beautiful day. Lavilla almost wrapped it up with the first race win. He
    had to DNF the second and Kiyo win it. So Airwaves Ducati (nee GSE)
    wrapped it up with Lavilla-Haslam, Haslam-Lavilla. They were really in
    another class. Lavilla broke the lap record in the 2nd race as well.

    Of the rest, the HM Plant Hondas looked ordinary. Surprising given that
    Kiyo was so dominant in the first race of the season on the short
    circuit. Haydon kept everyone at bay for 3rd in the first race but had
    the classic Druids exit, too much throttle, crash in the 2nd. In the
    second Steve Plater on a private Honda got his first podium for 2 years
    by beating Kiyo on the last lap.

    The sad part of the whole weekend is that Reynolds has probably finished
    his career. He did the same thing as Haydon but landed badly and broke
    ribs and punctured a lung in practice. Not good, but he'll survive.

    So GSE-Airwaves are staying in BSB and Leon has signed for another year.
    Lavilla wants to go back to world racing. But where? Bear in mind that
    before the first race he was out of a job and only got the ride because
    Haydon hurt himself in testing. And I think I'm right in saying he'd
    never raced a Ducati before this year.

    But Mark's probably right. Since he was hopeless at Laguna 7 years ago
    he's probably still hopeless and will be out of a job again.

    BTW, the Honda pit was crawling with Japanese.

    So, MotoGP, WSB, AMA, BSB, Endurance have gone with no Hondas. WSS600,
    AMA FX and BSB SS600 all went to Honda. Which just leaves 125GP and
    250GP.
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 9, 2005
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    http://www.motorbike-search-engine.co.uk/Rider Profiles/gregorio_lavill
    a_05.html

    You're right of course.
    I'd forgotten that Adrian Gorst was Kiyo's race engineer this year.
    Remember him? I'm fairly sure I spotted a grey haired gentleman hanging
    off to one side who was the Fireblade designer. Perhaps not, but clearly
    a well respected VIP.

    Something odd about Ducati and GSE. They're using 2004 Ducatis this
    year. They've been told that the 2005 factory machines are already
    spoken for. They want 2006 machines for next year. Now they've signed
    for BSB, it sounds like either they've been dumped on and couldn't reach
    agreement with Ducati for WSB support or they're getting the full
    factory support for next year because Ducati want to win in the UK
    again.
    It's surprisingly hard to find anything on the web about AJRR. Can
    anyone provide pointers, even in babel-fished Japanese?
     
    Julian Bond, Oct 10, 2005
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