mahanes and bowie wera battling for 1st. mahanes ran off the track, while leading, in a the same corner maybe 2 or 3 times. he also got in too hot a few times while chasing down bowie, passed him, and ran off. when the race ended, bowie stopped at that corner and had some kind of discussion with the corner worker. later that same corner worker had some kind of discussion with wera and it was decided that mahanes should be docked a position because the cutting of the corner could have resulted in him gaining position. when he protested, they reason wera gave him was, "well, even though you technically didnt gain a position, it might have given you and advantage, and we had to do something". then also said it was for wreckless riding. its all on the wera v bbs. what ive been told is bowie is usually the more wreckless one and steve is a pretty responsible rider. when hes passed me, its always been very clean and no problems. i never recall getting passed by bowie though. mahanes bike is so obvious though. like having steve d' pass you. i dont know what youre talking about with tex. i know he loaned my bike to someone to ride then nearly cleaned himself, my bike, his bike, and the other rider out in some corner. anyway, its all there. you can read it for yourself.
joe had it mostly correct, except he didn't include anything about 500gp (i know, no one asked about it, however, it will explain a little more about doug bowie). read on if you care, if not, go back to the threads where you all fantasize about buggering each other.
i knew that would get some of you attentions.
in 500gp, i got the hole shot and held it to turn three (just past the super lame chicane that they installed to effectively ruin the track) when buff harsh, eric cook, and greg potter flew by me on vintage 1 modified cb350's. still in the lead in 500gp till i came around to turn 7, (which is the start of the mongo back straight), i got passed by david rutherford (bsa b-50) and he pulled away. about lap two, john ricard (triumph 500) passed me out of turn one. i couldn't hang with him either (lacking hp), and two turns later bowie (riding in 250gp) came up from behind and slammed the door on me in turn six. bowie was being followed by brad phillips on a bmw 500 so i had to put my head down and get busy. well for the next two laps bowie, brad, and i went at it like we were racing for suzuki cup money (we weren't), and i held them off to take third in 500gp. bowie is a whining, dangerous racer that has delusions of grandeour of being a "great rider." he isn't! for him to protest mahanes for the win in 350gp class because mahanes was reckless is the pot calling the kettle black. so end result of the race (500gp) was rutherford slowed down to protect his neck (and lead over me) and ricard caught him at the checkered by a wheel for the win. because rutherford finished second he lost the national title to me by a point, but was gracious enough to personally give me the news and congratulate my championship. rutherford displayed all the characteristics of a true champion, where bowie went and cried to his mommy (wera officials and cornerworkers) like a baby. he's a punk, and that's my own honest opinion of what transpired at the 2004 wera gnf.
joe is right about me loaning his bike out to another racer (robin scudder), and yeah, i almost did crash into him on my second time lapping him in the chicane. thanks again joe for the loaner!
Its been on this board before. Its actually a great pic and reminds me of really fun race. It was how long can I hold off Tex. Texter I read your Team Pro Lotion thing. Very cool. You should run for Team Not Half Fast just for the great comentary.