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November 2nd, 2018, 08:07 PM   #51
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He is very definitely right up there, particularly given how dangerous the bikes, particularly the brutal Honda he mastered to win a title, were in his era.
The onboard of Lawson at Eastern Creek 1991 was when I realized how good Lawson was. He was smooth as all hell, and that throttle control was second to none. I think he would have bagged at least one more title had he not gone to Cagiva.
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I actually like guys like Eddie Lawson who just go out there and race. All the media bullshit doesn't matter, it's about winning. Sort of like Stoner who wanted nothing more than to race and be left alone when not on the the track. I know it doesn't endear he or any rider to the public when they have that attitude but when you're risking life and limb on monstrous 2 stroke bikes, I am willing to cut some slack.

Rainey's autobiography is a great read. I bought a copy awhile back and it was engrossing to see how difficult his career was. I liked reading about his take with the Schwantz overtake at Hockenheim 1991. I never realized how out of shape Schwantz was when he made that move to overtake Rainey till Rainey talked about it.
I followed Lawson closely from back when he raced Kawasaki’s in AMA Superbike and couldn’t help admiring him. He is as you say sadly unsung. I was fortunate to be close enough in the paddock at Laguna in 2011 to overhear a conversation between him and Roberts, and Roberts regard for Lawson was so unmistakable.

Schwantz’s collection of injuries was at the time a thriving topic of interest with the journalists,in particular Kevin Cameron who marveled at his capacity to be competitive - all of which very much fueled his status as a “legend”. As a young man he was very gangly, and like Sheene, not known for having any kind of work-out regimen. One tough Texan.
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I think that's it with Lawson, he was so understated as a character that he kind of gets overlooked when it comes to discussions like this.
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Lawson doesn’t get much notice with the average fan because he hasn’t been much honored in print. He was a stand-offish loner who was indifferent to the press and all that entails. Rainey wrote a bit about Lawson’s being cold and distant - not a quality that endears one to the public.
Don't you mean doesn't endear him to the media
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Don't you mean doesn't endear him to the media
Both really, since the public's perception is the product of the media's; especially then in the days before FB and Twitter.
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the current level of competition, machinery and rules set along with his age make this an unquestionable fact
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Not only did Lawson win four ships, but he had to beat other Champions to do it. Like Marquez has to do, now. On top of that, he won ships with two different manufacturers and won on three different factory bikes. Quite amazing that there are no Americans in the series anymore, considering almost two decades of dominance. Shoei did a nice retro-Lawson lid with their X-14. I look just like Eddie in it.

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Not only did Lawson win four ships, but he had to beat other Champions to do it. Like Marquez has to do, now. On top of that, he won ships with two different manufacturers and won on three different factory bikes. Quite amazing that there are no Americans in the series anymore, considering almost two decades of dominance. Shoei did a nice retro-Lawson lid with their X-14. I look just like Eddie in it.
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Funny you post that.

I am currently looking at one of three bikes and do have a distinct soft spot for the old Eddie lawsom replica's of years gone by but that pic reminded me





And



I prefer the grey although the green does also look good in the flesh


Have ridden the first two and have a test ride possibly this Saturday on the Cafe
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