joe - yea, i did see Rossi lose the front in that fast right. that was pretty crazy stuff. i agree with you about the wheelie, not really much to wheelie about if you ask me. i suppose the more remorse he shows the more he admits being out of line, although i think most Rossi fans are a little on edge about that. nevermind Biaggi fans...Turk is furious. i predicted he wouldn't win that race, so i almost feel he cheated me.
johnny B - 'fraid you're right about nicky, although there have been some pretty lame minds behind world championships. Kosinski comes to mind. we have the GP review from 1994, and there is a really interesting interview with Wayne Rainy, talking about what it takes to ride a GP bike (which in '94 was quite different). he talks about the difference between what the body can do (talent), and what the brain learns (skill). Rainy contended that both talent and skill have to be hooked up to get the job done, which, in the case of '94, johnnyK wasn't doing. i feel like nicky is having the same problem, perhaps will a lesser brain problem but a larger deficiency in talent. because when johnnyK was off, he was way off. he couldn't qualify, couldn't ride, it all fell apart. whereas nicky does appears to play his cards right and suffers a lapse of concentration or something.
apparently the reason Valentino's dad Graziano didn't make it as a GP star was that he didn't have the killer instinct, one that i think Nicky does have, and Vale CLEARLY has. to digress, i love how sinister Rossi's killer instinct is too, how he stalks the leader, catches up and waits. Sete had no idea if Rossi had more to offer until Rossi passed him and ran away in a matter of two laps. brilliant stuff, shame he missed that corner and was forced to do battle in the last half a lap.
back to subject: John Hopkins is the American that can do it, i think. he had the flu at Jerez, and the GSV-R has had the flu since the introduction of the four-stroke rule. put Hopper in Melandri or Edwards' seat, and you've got a solid combo.
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