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Simon Patterson  says:

Hopkins finds pace early on BSB return

Former MotoGP podium finisher John Hopkins says he’s surprised at how quickly he’s managed to get back into fast lap times, after a year and a half away from competitive riding. Hopkins, who hasn’t ridden since half way through the 2012 season, has spent the past sixteen months recuperating from a whole host of accumulated injuries that threatened to end his...

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williewheelbreaker

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Hopper used to could!

Hopper used to be a Moto GP rider yes but that is a long time ago and this thread should be in the BSB news category Mr. Patterson. Fast in BSB means nothing in GP's.    ???

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ratchetman

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ratchetman says:

Whos Faster?

 I dont think we will ever know who the better racers are. Put Lorenzo on a BSB bike ( A bit like a tractor compared to a prototype) and he might struggle but it aint going to happen so you cant say that the MOTOGP boys are better. Its as different as chalk and cheese  

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williewheelbreaker

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Mostly disagree Ratchetman

The riders vote with their feet and always have. GP is where everyone wants to be unless you have big bully / big fish syndrome and your ego, income, or both won't allow you to make the leap and really prove yourself. Best examples Matt Mladin in the AMA and Foggy in SBK. Hey if you got it that good why take the risk right? 

If Dorna rolled out 12 works Honda's and 12 works Yamaha's and offered a pensioners salary to buy a few beers and chips, every rider in BSB who had a contract waved in their direction would tear Uncle Carmelo's hand off! It is 100% not always close or the most exciting but it is where everyone wants to be. Riding the most extreme, difficult, and focused machines against the best competition. Success in that environment means you are one of history's best. 

Ciao Mama's!!! 

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73mach3

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73mach3 says:

at least i can watch a yank

over here in the states on tv. we get bsb today but no ama or daytona period. way to go ama/dmg  

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

73mach3

 I miss the yanks as you say, the style, the 500, the competition between them and the Australians.

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BarkerBill

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BarkerBill says:

Willie & Matt

Willie old chum, dare I point out that the obnoxious Aussie did indeed make an attempt at GP racing and failed. For the 1993 season he wobbled around on a reasonably competitive Cagiva 500cc bike in a team dictated by a chap called Agostini. Poor Matt finished the season in a lowly 13th position and thereafter returned to Oz for a year to lick his wounds before embarking on a 'soft' ride Stateside, where he thankfully remained, once bitten twice shy, becoming quite wealthy in the process whilst also developing a typically Aussie ego. Worthy of note is that team mate Doug Chandler finished 3rd in the season opener in Australia (Matt's home turf) and John Kocinski, drafted into the team late on, managed to win at Laguna Seca.

Matt - failed.

 

 

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ThePornstar

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ThePornstar says:

Agreed. Mladin is a ****, didn't have the necessary speed for GP's. Look at what Spies did to him..?

As for GP riders but cutting it on superbikes?

Best example, again Ben Spies, wins and podiums in MotoGP, romped WSB in his Rookie season. Checa and Biaggi, GP refugees, Won WSB titles. Doug Chandler, AMA Superbike, GP Podiums. Johnny K, 250 title, GP wins, walked WSB against Foggy and Co.

When Rossi rode Cal's WSB Yam he went at WSB pace from the off, and he had a broken leg....!

Good luck to Hopper, he's a quality rider.

 

 

 

 

 

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ThePornstar

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ThePornstar says:

 MCN, don't edit me, a T  W  A  T is what I called him.

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