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Liam Marsden  says:

MCN Donington WSB: Checa dominates race two

Carlos Checa extended his championship lead with a dominating victory in the second MCN-backed WSB race at Donington Park. Brit Leon Haslam again got to Redgate corner first, but was unable to stop Checa's charge to the front as he overtook the BMW rider at the Melbourne loop on the third lap. Haslam was unable to respond and Checa slowly pulled away from...

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Jul 08

Posts: 1539

jamieg999 says:


I think you're right, had Biaggi let the clutch out just before the lights changed he would have jumped the start and gained an advantage but in this instance he let the clutch out even earlier, realised, corrected himself whilst off balance and then just missed the lights when he launched. All started and finished in about 2 seconds and the only person it involved was Biaggi.

I understand rules is rules but this particular one was designed for those that don't then pull the clutch back in. Saying all that it wouldn't be racing without Max Biaggi being black flagged for something and it sits nicely with the Melandri bitch slap episode, a kind of comedy poetic moment. I think he should get fined some more and maybe be docked some points just wind the little man up.

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Dec 10

Posts: 474

eddl says:


i like the bloke, but what a knob he was all weekend

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Apr 06

Posts: 1208

CosherB says:

elbowz - by what criteria do you meaure the R1 as 'legendary'?  without knowing your specifics, i'd say you've set the bar pretty low.

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Feb 09

Posts: 844

chrisg011 says:


Had his fair run in MotoGP, you dont arrive second in the world championship by being a no-hoper. Sure last year he under-performed, but then so have many and they kept thier rides. Sure he's not going to whoop Stoner but Dovi, Aoyoma, Spies, Simocelli - he can give them all a good run for thier money.

As for Capirex and Elias and old dog thats had his day and a young pup who will go hungry this year. Edwards is surely in his final year and maybe a berth in the Tech 3 squad awaits Marco. He's fast, young, healthy and experienced.

If he has his year in the sunshine of WSBK, scores some wins (maybe the champ) and get back to his old tiresmoking ways (PI 2006 anyone) putting all the Honda/Ducati/Honda BS behind him then why not... I rate him as a race winner and he still has that potential in MGP.

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Sep 10

Posts: 71 to this WSB malarkey

Why are there two races and why doesn't race number one seem to matter?

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Apr 09

Posts: 1345

Richard1967 says:

Race one

Race one carries equal points to race 2 ; 25 points for a win . I havent perceived race 2 being of more import than race 1 , perhaps the commentators give the impression that it is, because race 1 has given the teams more information on tyre wear and suspension settings . In reality the 2 races are equally important for the riders , unless of course the rider dnf'd the first race . There are 2 races because when Steve  Mclaughlin first floated the idea of wsbk it was to copy the American system which had 2 races . Hope that helps a little Herbert .

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Jun 10

Posts: 78

BishopR6 says:

Jump Starts..

What do you guys think about the way the AMA handles 'jump starts'.. for example, at this years Daytona, Josh Hayes (team Yamaha)... jumped the start, but because he let himself lose a few spots, (from pole to 4th or 5th) he wasn't penalized.. Same rule if he cuts a corner hence gaining an advantage, the rider has to relegate himself back a few places within the same lap...  I think that is way more fair than a ride through penalty.. Like buelligan and jamieg says, he actually put himself at a disadvantage jumping the start.. (worst case, he should have been told to fall back a few spots.. at least he would have had the chance to fight for some points, shot, even win.. because we've all seen other riders, come from way back to take the win..


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Mar 09

Posts: 4937

Nostrodamus says:

Just when you were showing signs of maturity SF

Come back and call Biaggi 'stupid' once you've got five world titles under your belt. Then there might be weight behind your call. Until then I know who the stupid one is.

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Nov 10

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Elbowz11 says:

Hey CosherB.

The R1 is described as legendary on the Yamaha racing site.

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Jul 06

Posts: 2037

buelligan272 says:

sounds fair to me

 Bishop R6 I was not aware of the present AMA rules but that definitely sounds like a better system to me.
I dont condone what Biaggi did by staying out but I can sort of understand how he felt.

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