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May 13th, 2018, 10:53 PM   #41
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In terms of a race that had me absolutely on the edge of my seat and having a little shout at the the telly, then probably Welkom 2003, not because it was a masterclass and nothing to do with where Vale came, but purely because it was so soon after Daijiro passed away, it was properly emotional.

WSBK Imola 2002 was something else too.
Was that the Bayliss vs Edwards race! They had such good duels that wsbk was getting more popular than motogp. Twas possibly the best race of all time for sure.
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Was that the Bayliss vs Edwards race! They had such good duels that wsbk was getting more popular than motogp. Twas possibly the best race of all time for sure.
It certainly was, mate. Last meeting of the season, the winner decided the championship.
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It certainly was, mate. Last meeting of the season, the winner decided the championship.
Those two put on such good shows that they had stolen a swag of fans ( myself included ) from motogp. That and folks were sick of the rossi biaggi cat fighting.
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Just a little reminder for those who were in diapers (or already in adult diapers) when it happened.

Cheerio!


I had no idea there could have been such a strong cult of Rossi's personality outside of Italy.
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I had no idea there could have been such a strong cult of Rossi's personality outside of Italy.
The nation of Italy demands you surrender your passport immediately and leave forever!
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I had no idea there could have been such a strong cult of Rossi's personality outside of Italy.
Ha! You'd be amazed! MotoGP is sadly not very well known in the USA - but wherever I go, be it a garage or bike shop or cafe racing club - there's sure to be a giant Rossi poster hanging somewhere and some guy's girlfriend wearing a #46 cap.
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I have, however, always considered Stoner's ride in Phillip Island 2009 the Greatest ride of all time from the greatest rider of all time.

The one in which he rode the white Ducati.

That was insanely astonishing.
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Ha! You'd be amazed! MotoGP is sadly not very well known in the USA - but wherever I go, be it a garage or bike shop or cafe racing club - there's sure to be a giant Rossi poster hanging somewhere and some guy's girlfriend wearing a #46 cap.

Kudos to all #46 achieved on a motorcycle. I ain't denying it has been/is impressive.

But I will never, ever understand how he got so liked and popular...
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Kudos to all #46 achieved on a motorcycle. I ain't denying it has been/is impressive.

But I will never, ever understand how he got so liked and popular...
I'm not a fan but then neither am I a demonizer who negates every good accomplishment. Rossi's popularity has many factors. When he was young he won a shit-ton of races. 2. When he was young chicks really loved him because he had that baby-faced little kid appeal, which went a long way to attracting a lot of straight guys who had homo-erotic fantasies about him. 3 He had great appeal to the guys with Peter Pan syndrome because Rossi loved to clown for the camera and never seemed to grow up. 3 He was Dorna's golden boy and they spent truckloads of money to promote him, and did so very effectively in an era where cult-of-personality types were extremely receptive to Dorna's promotion. Although there's nothing new about that. Back in the day, the guys who promoted Sinatra would hire young girls and literally rehearse them for hours until they could emulate complete hysteria on command and then bussed them around to Sinatra concerts where they all had first row seats. Nowadays, those front row seats are filled with so-called journalists who fulfill the same function.
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I have, however, always considered Stoner's ride in Phillip Island 2009 the Greatest ride of all time from the greatest rider of all time.

The one in which he rode the white Ducati.

That was insanely astonishing.
Smoking the rear tire going over Lukey Heights was something special.

One of my favorite races. That was the closest Rossi ever got to ever beating Stoner at PI, but Stoner was just a metronome with his pace. Not a single mistake. The busloads he would open up on Rossi through turn 3 sliding the bike was unreal.
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