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June 9th, 2005, 06:06 AM   #1
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This is for you Ooost. And any other US members or Hopper and Hayden fans for that matter. This is a section from a mag called 'Motorcycle Racer'. It comes from a section on John Hopkins, and what they(motorcycle racer) think will happen in a few years time...

"think of it like a stretching piece of elastic. As it started to spring forward from the halcyon days of the early 80's we saw the Lawson/Gardner era with flashes from the likes of Sarron and Haslam, then we find the Schwantz/Rainey era with a hanging on of Gardner and the emerging Dohhan, then as we approach the end of the stretching talent elastic we find, at the peak (and conveniently forgeting the Criville year) a neat handover from the lone god Doohan to the equally seperate yet brilliant Rossi.
And so, as the elastic starts to contract again, we see the era of the single dominant alpha rider start to slip (probably), and as Rossi ponders on how to leave bike racing to become... oh i dunno, lets suppose he goes on to be the worlds most successful international chess player... does it mean that we can look to the new era of a few GP race winners every season again?
Because if this racing game is cyclical then maybe, just maybe, were about to see a whole new era. In a couple of years time are we going to be hailing the new Rainey and Schwantz era all over again?
Lets assume that Rossi has gone, Sete has done a Criville; hes decide to grow grapes and enjoy life as a one-time world champion. For the erratic brilliance of Luca Cadalora we'll drop in Marco Melandri for this example. And that leaves a couple of American guys left to scrap out the honours.
One is Nicky Hayden, happy in the Honda homestead as a progressing star on the orange and black missile - the other is John Hopkins.
Ok, so we've taken some pretty huge chunks of jounalistic licence to make this point. But what were trying to say is that in John Hopkins and countryman Nicky Hayden maybe we have the next Schwantz and Rainey"


Very exciting dont you think?....
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i think rossi cant only get bored from now on cus lets think about this hes only 26
yes twenty bloody six so if he wants to stay and still enjoys it he could stay 4 another 5 or 6 years.
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That is very interesting and to be honest with you if it's two Americans that become the next Rainey and Schwantz that is great, but all I want is a rivalry that is real. Two riders that will go blow for blow with one another. I want a field of deep competition with new race winners emerging all the time. I miss the days when in a span of 7 races a rider could take an 8th, 4th, 5th, 3rd, 2nd, win, and a 2nd and still be battling for the title because the competition is so fierce. And I honestly believe we are on the verge of that, other than Rossi there is no clear cut head and shoulders above the rest in that grid. One race Gibernau could win, Biaggi may get the next, if Barros is around when Rossi leaves he could surely take a win, Melandri is a soon to be race winner, the same goes for Hayden, John Hopkins could take a win as well. Any rider at any time can take a victory without Rossi on the grid. If there are two riders that develop into a Rainey and Schwantz type deal that will be great. If they're both American that's just icing on the cake. It's really too bad that Kurtis Roberts didn't pan out, he had a pretty big rivalry with Nicky Hayden back in the AMA days, always trying to prove he should be Honda's golden son, not Hayden. He and Hopkins also have a cold blooded hatred for one another. It would have been good.
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