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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Dusseldorf



Wendy, Stefan, Roland and Stefan

Wendy and I were fortunate to be able to spend a 'working' weekend in Dusseldorf last week. Here are our new friends and colleagues having a 'night on the town'. Great guys and a beautiful old town complete with a couple of Irish bars.

And here is the proof - O'Reilly's:



Roland, Anjetta (sp) and Wendy in front of the beautiful Rathaus.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Ben 'Superman' Spies - Heads on Favorite 2010!!!

Well here it is the MotoGP world championship (see below) after the rain drenched shortend Indianapolis Grand Prix. (Decided not to go at the last minute - what a stroke of luck!)

Anyway Mr. Spies, after racing in only three(3) Moto GP's is in 19th position in the World Championship. Riding a strange bike and on circuits, one (1) of which he has raced at before (Laguna Seca), one (1) he hasn't (Donington) and one (1) nobody has (Indianapolis) in extremes of conditions!!!!

So if he had ridden the other eleven(11)races and averaged the points he got in the races he competed in he would now have 93 points, i.e. 9th in the Championship just behind Mr.Haydon.

Of course this does not take into account that:

a. The Points Mr. Spies would have got would have diluted the points other riders would have got so elevating him up the standings.

b. After each and every race he would have become more familiar with the very 'difficult' bike compared to the AMA Superbike he normally rides further elevating his position.

c. After each and every race he would have become more familiar with his pit crew again further elevating his position and

d. He would be developing his circuit knowledge across the World.

So all in all when Mr. Spies has completed his first (1st) full year on the Moto GP scene I would suggest that if that year is 2009 he would be a strong heads on favorite to be the next US born Moto GP champion in 2010. Watch this space.

Key of course don't rush, don't crash, don't break the bike and hopefully the needed 'luck' will be on his side to close the deal.

I'm placing my bet for him winning in 2010 this weekend!!!!!

Riders' standings
Name Bike Nat Points
1 Valentino Rossi Yamaha Ita 287
2 Casey Stoner Ducati Aus 200
3 Dani Pedrosa Honda Spa 193
4 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Spa 156
5 Andrea Dovizioso Honda Ita 129
6 Chris Vermeulen Suzuki Aus 117
7 Colin Edwards Yamaha US 109
8 Nicky Hayden Honda USA 104
9 Shinya Nakano Honda Jpn 87
10 Toni Elias Ducati Spn 86
11 Loris Capirossi Suzuki Italy 86
12 James Toseland Yamaha GB 85
13 Sylvian Guintoli Ducati Fra 56
14 Alex de Angelis Honda Smr 55
15 Marco Melandri Ducati Ita 48
16 Randy de Puniet Honda Fra 43
17 John Hopkins Kawasaki US 41
18 Anthony West Kawasaki Aus 41
19 Ben Spies Suzuki US 20
20 Jamie Hacking Kawasaki US 5
21 Tadayuki Okada Honda Jpn 2

Monday, September 1, 2008

Race 2 Sunday August 31 Road Atlanta



Matt Mladin heading towards his bike ahead of Race 2 Sunday.



Matt flies through turn 1 in Race 2. He won Race 1 on Saturday after Ben Spies had a penalty for his front wheel going out of the 'start box' before the green light. Despite the fact Ben had to do a 'pit lane ride through' coming back onto the circuit in about 16th place he eventually fought his way towards the front finishing in 2nd behind Matt - now is that not riding or what?

The Race 1 win on Saturday gave Mladin his 7th consecutive race win tying him for the record with Ben who achieved the same feat 8 races before!!!



Race 2 and Matt is ahead of Ben - if Matt wins it will be a new record, 8 consecutive wins! Alas it wasn't to be. Ben caught Matt up with around 7 laps to go past him taking the victory so both now hold the same record.



Miguel Duhamel is being chased by Eric Bostrom (Ben's younger brother) eventually Miguel finishes in 4th place - a great ride and is now showing Hodgey a few things!



Matt, who finished 2nd behind Ben gets whisked away with Tommy Hayden who came 3rd. All three Rockstar Yoshimura Suzuki GSXR1000's taking the three top spots yet again.



Roger Lee Haydon unfortunately crashed during practice Saturday and couldn't race but here he is with his niece during the 2nd Superbike race his older brother eventually finished 3rd in.



The Red Bull Rookies warm those 125 KTM's up before going to the track to race - oh what a glorious smell.

Ducatista

Wend sits on the 696 Monster.



Not satisfied with the monster she takes Larry's 848 for a spin - Smoking!!!!!!



Talking about smoking this is local Georgia boy Geoff May, #99 Jordan Suzuki, burning out after winning the Superstock Race. His teammate, another Georgian, Aaron Yates, #20, leaves him after also burning out finishing second to Geoff but taking the championship.

Ben Bostrom - Class Act

Ben came in 3rd behind the winner Josh Hayes and Jake Zemke BUT he did it again! He gave his medal to this youngster who as you can see below was VERY pleased to say the least.

One happy child, and mother, and a fan for life, Mr Bostrom a great ambassador to the sport of motorcycle racing.

Toriano Wilson - Red Bull Rookie


Tori Wilson who sadly lost his life during the Red Bull Rookie race at VIR August 17.

Martini 1098

Words are not necessary - you should see this in real life - exactly the same paint job as my 1980 Martini XS1100 - beautiful.