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October 15th, 2017, 09:18 AM   #1
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BSB Showdown 2017 SPOILER

Shakey Byrne overcame a 33 point deficit to win his 6th British Superbike title. Blokes a legend and a top fella
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October 15th, 2017, 01:33 PM   #2
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Also lets wish Leon Haslam and John Hopkins a speedy recovery, Leon broke his ankle when his brakes failed at 170mph in the final race. Hopkins is a lot more serious, he's broken both his knees and several vertebrae in a qualifying crash.
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We also can't knock Josh Brookes for his incredible season, it might not seem that big a deal finishing second when you consider he's a former champion but the TAG Anvil Yamaha team he is riding for is one of the least funded on the grid and get no factory support so a great achievement for Josh and the Winfield family who own and run the team.
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So sorry for Haslam, he really had a chance this year. Such a great gesture to come and congratulate Byrne for his championship. And what happened to JG team, two big fuckups in the season finale is unacceptable! First the clutch and then the brakes, what are they, amateurs?

Also, i didn't think Byrne could overcome that point deficit, this just shows how good he is. I wonder which riders will challenge him next season, with a chance, of course.

Poor Hopkins, this injury may put an end to his career, let`s just hope Haslam have a full recovery over the winter.
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Unfortunately we're not getting coverage of BSB this year. I'm a Haslam fan and wanted to follow but it's just too difficult now for me to download torrents.

Anyway, I feel for Haslam and Hopkins. They have thee most awful luck.



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Poor Hopkins, this injury may put an end to his career, let`s just hope Haslam have a full recovery over the winter.
I was hoping he'd stop racing because I was worried something like this might happen, or worse. Hopkins is a real nice guy, cool dude. Real talent that never quite materialized. Losing the BSB title on "last lap" of season really haunted him, though he lost it when he suffered a points mechanical previous event. That last lap battle was one of the best ever in racing, reminiscent of Edwatds/Bayliss Imola. John shouldnt have needed it with the mechanical, but that's racing.

I have lots of admiration for this bloke. Whilst Hack Oxley was writing such bullshit describing Rossi broken leg comeback as of "biblical proportion" and Rossi masking the pain and fear like "no other" ever, I was disgusted knowing John Hopkins has endured far worse. I would have like to see Rossi and Hopkins as teammates at Suzuki, I'm sure Rossi would have got on like his Ducati stint know he was unwilling to risk. But that's racing too, some are given all the glory via advantages. Hopkins has come within an inch of his life at least 3 times in his career, you'll never read the gutless GP media write about it in such lofty terms.

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The more I see that crash, the more I feel he's lucky he came away with a broken ankle, wrist and thumb, that is horrific, the deceleration when he hit that barrier! Fuck me, that could have been a fatality.

Haslam is still relatively young at 33(Byrne's 41), so he can hopefully come back and be competitive again but it's almost like he seems destined to be the bridesmaid, he's been runner-up in BSB 3 times and once in WSBK.
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I was hoping he'd stop racing because I was worried something like this might happen, or worse. Hopkins is a real nice guy, cool dude. Real talent that never quite materialized. Losing the BSB title on "last lap" of season really haunted him, though he lost it when he suffered a points mechanical previous event. That last lap battle was one of the best ever in racing, reminiscent of Edwatds/Bayliss Imola. John shouldnt have needed it with the mechanical, but that's racing.

I have lots of admiration for this bloke. Whilst Hack Oxley was writing such bullshit describing Rossi broken leg comeback as of "biblical proportion" and Rossi masking the pain and fear like "no other" ever, I was disgusted knowing John Hopkins has endured far worse. I would have like to see Rossi and Hopkins as teammates at Suzuki, I'm sure Rossi would have got on like his Ducati stint know he was unwilling to risk. But that's racing too, some are given all the glory via advantages. Hopkins has coming within an inch of his life at least 3 times in his career, you'll never read the gutless GP media write about it in such lofty terms.

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John missed an entire round in that 2011 season due to an injury too. Cruel blow but then I was happy for Hill as he had to comeback from some horrible injuries himself.
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John missed an entire round in that 2011 season due to an injury too. Cruel blow but then I was happy for Hill as he had to comeback from some horrible injuries himself.
I'm kinda disappointed in BSB safety standards. BSB is just below Wsbk but the run off areas at some venues look shit.

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To be fair Jumkie BSB has a very good safety record despite the fact a few of the tracks seem a bit hairy. Safety wise BSB is on a parr with WSBK.
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