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May 7th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #91
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ May 7 2009, 02:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Bradshaw? Please explain.
Well if you've followed the Camel SX series in 1992 you know it came down to the final race in the 250 class between Jeff Stanton and Damon, in that race Damon pretty much flubbed it and didn't finish high enough to earn the championship, he rode tight and it showed. All the pressure Yamaha heaped onto his shoulders came crashing down, it was truly a sad site to see.
Anyways, during the race when James started slowing, they commented that maybe the pressure was getting to James like it had with Damon in 1992.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (L8Braker @ May 7 2009, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>There is a huge difference in Factory prepared MX bikes versus a customer or aftermarket built bike. I had the oppurtunity to ride a factory prepped Yamaha many years ago and that bike was just plain awesome, however, only a select few riders in the world would be able to contain the power and get around the track consistently.

I would love to hear more about that ride.


All the respect that Reed built over the course of this season is now gone.
At about midway through the season I was in his camp. He was incredibly consistent
although unable to beat Stewart head to head he was the better rider every week.
Mistake free gritty riding and an honest demeanor every week on the podium.
My admiration grew for him each week at least until Salt Lake. It became clear
that he was not going to try to beat James head to head but rather run him off.
I can't respect that type of mentality in any sport. That was like Tyson biting Holyfield's
ear off. When you're losing at least go out like a man.
The pass / run off in Vegas was one of the most worst shows of sportsmanship I've ever
seen. It's a good thing it didn't work because if Reed wins the championship on that B.S.
I'm sure the fans would have turned on him. Stewart is going to be one of the legends
and that pass would have been on the highlight reels forever. Now he has the luxury of
hoping that most will forget it since it gained him nothing.
It wasn't the best of seasons but I looked foward to watching it each week and
can happily say that I enjoyed most of it.
I'm a little dissapointed that Villopoto never was able to run with the leaders but
realistically that's to be expected out of his first year. It would have been nice to see
if he could have stayed with Stewart on the Vegas track but Stewart was riding smart.
It was no surprise that he was fast on that track because it was the closest to an outdoor
track than any of the others.

Go Villopoto
Fuck Chad Reed
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Johnny...the oppurtunity to ride a factory prep Yamaha YZ250 was sheer luck and a lot of begging on my part to the mechanic. This is during the two stroke days way before Yamaha unleashed Doug Henry on the 400.
I had always heard the bikes were set up to deliver power over a broad range and that was the case with the bike I rode. I was riding on a national type track(red clay mix) with long straights and some fast sweepers and the way the bike settled into the corners was flat out amazing, you could litterly do corners and jumps one gear higher than a normal modified show room bike because the motor just had so much power. Suspension was a little stiff for me but I'm not a motocross god so the speed I was doing was a way down compared to its factory pilot. Probably the thing that stuck out most in my mind with this bike was confidence it inspired going thru the whoops, it went straight and hard from entry to exit. Oh and the brakes on that bike....un-fking believable! The two laps I got to take on that machine were pure sex!
I did get the oppurtunity to do few starts against this bike, but with me being on a 125 it was like bringing a knife to a gun fight. A KX500 that was doing starts with us was getting his ass handed to him by the factory YZ250
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (L8Braker @ May 8 2009, 11:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Johnny...the oppurtunity to ride a factory prep Yamaha YZ250 ...

Cool story brotha!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (JohnnyKnockdown @ May 8 2009, 09:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>All the respect that Reed built over the course of this season is now gone.
At about midway through the season I was in his camp. He was incredibly consistent
although unable to beat Stewart head to head he was the better rider every week.
Mistake free gritty riding and an honest demeanor every week on the podium.
My admiration grew for him each week at least until Salt Lake. It became clear
that he was not going to try to beat James head to head but rather run him off.
I can't respect that type of mentality in any sport. That was like Tyson biting Holyfield's
ear off. When you're losing at least go out like a man.

The pass / run off in Vegas was one of the most worst shows of sportsmanship I've ever
seen. It's a good thing it didn't work because if Reed wins the championship on that B.S.
I'm sure the fans would have turned on him. Stewart is going to be one of the legends
and that pass would have been on the highlight reels forever.


Fuck Chad Reed

When I saw that attempted punt I thought about Tyson's ear bite. Amazing!

I completely agree with everything you said, I couldn't have said it more precisely!


Villapodium will certainly be a regular on the podium in the outdoor series, as well as SX, no doubt. I was very impressed with him at Vegas. It was not an easy track to master. I'd say Daytona is most like MX, but certainly Vegas had odd sections reminiscent of the outdoor series.


Great post Johnny.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ May 7 2009, 01:15 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Ok, if its debatable, then what's your take on Reeds move?--which was clearly worse than Chisolm (who I still think was trying to get out of the way since he almost took out James). Why didn't Reed get a black flag?
my take is reed should have got the black flag as well... but you i know that reed wasn't gonna get a black flag. just like capirossi did not get penalized for bowling over half the field at motegi in 04 were as hopkins was for the same thing a year previous. reed took a cheap shot & tried to knock stewart out of the race & had no fear of being black flagged. he's a chump & that move proved it!
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (frosty58 @ May 9 2009, 02:07 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>my take is reed should have got the black flag as well... but you i know that reed wasn't gonna get a black flag. just like capirossi did not get penalized for bowling over half the field at motegi in 04 were as hopkins was for the same thing a year previous. reed took a cheap shot & tried to knock stewart out of the race & had no fear of being black flagged. he's a chump & that move proved it!
My thoughts were Chisholm got the black flag because he was a lapper and it is agains't the
rules to deliberately impede leaders from a lap down. I don't know the rules but this is what
I thought caused it. So while Reed's pass was dirty was it actually outside the rule book?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (L8Braker @ May 8 2009, 02:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Johnny...the oppurtunity to ride a factory prep Yamaha YZ250 was sheer luck and a lot of begging on my part to the mechanic. This is during the two stroke days way before Yamaha unleashed Doug Henry on the 400.
I had always heard the bikes were set up to deliver power over a broad range and that was the case with the bike I rode. I was riding on a national type track(red clay mix) with long straights and some fast sweepers and the way the bike settled into the corners was flat out amazing, you could litterly do corners and jumps one gear higher than a normal modified show room bike because the motor just had so much power. Suspension was a little stiff for me but I'm not a motocross god so the speed I was doing was a way down compared to its factory pilot. Probably the thing that stuck out most in my mind with this bike was confidence it inspired going thru the whoops, it went straight and hard from entry to exit. Oh and the brakes on that bike....un-fking believable! The two laps I got to take on that machine were pure sex!
I did get the oppurtunity to do few starts against this bike, but with me being on a 125 it was like bringing a knife to a gun fight. A KX500 that was doing starts with us was getting his ass handed to him by the factory YZ250

You had my adrenalin pumping reading that. Can any other adjective besides sex describe that ride.
I would bet not.
Good stuff.
I look foward to hearing your opinions and analysis of the MX season.
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