Wouldn't it be great if this was a start of getting 'Mericuns back into the GP.
The Sunday of the Valencia race while on dialysis I was flipping through the channels of the little TV that hangs on a boom connected to my chair and the Valencia Motogp came up on the screen. It was on a local NBC channel. Not even a cable channel. That is the first I've ever seen it on a non-cable channel.
WSBK 2021 is done and dusted, this is the first time a Yamaha rider has topped WSBK and MotoGP in the same year since Ben Spies and Valentino Rossi in 2009. Let the tuning fork celebrations begin!
IMO It took the FIM to hobble the Duc and Kawi in WSBK and allow them to run their updated valves through the 2020-2021 seasons in MotoGP, even though Yamaha was one of the factory teams that wanted to lock engine development for 2020-2021.
In many other Superbike series around the world their race bikes would be modified in many other ways that would also prevent any MotoGP rider from legally being able to ride them at all, let alone race them. But luckily, ECU aside, our ASBK Superbikes are otherwise so standard that Miller can race here without breaking the MotoGP testing rules that only allow competitors to ride production bikes with minimal changes. And that, essentially, is what an Australian Superbike is. Our Superbikes are more standard than most Superstock categories around the world, let alone a British Superbike or World Superbike.
So who is supplying Jack this free ASBK spec’ Ducati Panigale V4 R to race at The Bend?
Jack bought it himself, with his own money.
Jack recently purchased a spare bike from DesmoSport Ducati through Ben Henry. A spare bike from the ASBK squad with a fresh engine and taken to Darwin as a spare but never raced. Jack himself hasn’t even seen it yet, let alone thrown a leg over it.
While many people in the world of racing would simply not believe that Jack buys his own bikes, we can tell you that is exactly what he does.
actually watched some motogp today.
for some reason newsmax was down on my server.
so surfing "live tv" i found some station with motogp on. watched a bunch of laps. the lead switched once i think. some american won. and also another american placed 3. suzukis. idk where the race was. wasnt all that interesting because the TV leader board doesnt show the brand. maybe i will watch again.
I hope Joe can do better this year than last. Moto2 is a grinding wheel as much as it is a great training ground. Best to get out of it as soon as you've learned enough or it might just tear up your carefully planned career.
Good point Mad. I never thought of it that way.
I thought he was doing the right thing to ride it out in MOTO2 for another year but I noticed he went down in the final standings. 7th in 2020. 13th in 2021. Maybe the new bike transitioning will be over for this year and he can do better. He needs to if he plans to move up to the big league.
I hope he does. It sure would be cool to have the ol' red, white and blue to cheer on amongst the Spaniards and Italians.
There's always WSBK.
Or could always be WSBK.
Not sure if he's wanted or can bring the ca$h. This American Racing Team is focused on MotoGP and Joe himself may not have enough cred to support a WSBK team.
I think Joe may have burned his bridges with the American Racing Team when he switched to Italtrans for last season. Cam Beaubier may be a likelier option for WSBK given his MoToAM titles. It would be fun seeing him team up with Gerloff both on Yamahas.