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May 28th, 2007, 04:51 PM   #1
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Ok, lets see if we can go down a road where we can avoid a wreck at an intersection. Some of you have heard the Story of John Hopkins. (If you haven't, in a nutshell, he was recognized at a young age and was catapulted to MotoGP). Unfortunately for him, it was with Suzuki, otherwise I think we would have been treated too much more success in the standings.

But that's not the point of this thread. Here is the question:

Of NATIONAL racing series only, who do you think is out there that shows some promise and talent, and perhaps we may be seeing him in MotoGP in the near future? Yes, we all have some ideas of guys in GP 250s and to a lesser extent, WSBK supersport, but I am interested in NATIONAL series talent.


Ok, I'll start. Here in the AMA, we have a kid by the name of Danny Eslick. He is a spectacular rider. Reminds me of McCoy. His background is dirt track, and sometimes, you would think he is still on dirt the way this kid slides his bike around. He also is into supermoto. Obviously he is not on a factory works bike, and I don't see him winning a superbike championship soon (but neither did Hopkins, it may surprise you to learn).

Here is a clip of him at a Supermoto race in Long Beach California (25 minutes from where I live).

Check out this sick-ass slide.

If you were a scout for MotoGP, who would you have your eye on?
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I'll take the easy one. Ben Spies! The guy is just crazy fast. I really wanna see him on a decent ride in MotoGP.
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I know it's not Moto GP, or road racing even, but keep your eyes open for the name Alexz Wigg.

Alexz is just 17, and won last years' world youth trials championship. He's moved into the adult ranks this year and is getting some shockingly good results. I've known the family all my life, and Alexz is surely destined for greatness.
Father Julian was a European Grasstrack Champion, Uncle Simon was 5 times World Long Track Champion. Obviously expectations are high for Alexz coming from such great pedigree, keep your eyes on the off road press and track his progress. He's a great lad.
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They've got their eyes on him already, Jonathan Rea in BSB. The kid is 20, took 4th in the bsb title last year. He comes from a racing family and started off motocross, british 60cc champion at the age of 10. I don't think he'll win the BSB title this year but I definitely see him going to WSBK for a season at least then GP's, hopefully.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (skidmark @ May 29 2007, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>They've got their eyes on him already, Jonathan Rea in BSB. The kid is 20, took 4th in the bsb title last year. He comes from a racing family and started off motocross, british 60cc champion at the age of 10. I don't think he'll win the BSB title this year but I definitely see him going to WSBK for a season at least then GP's, hopefully.


Rea is the guvnor, great rider, great to watch. Get him onto the world stage ASAP please!

Too many folks get bogged down in BSB for too long, and the moment goes. It would be a scandal to let another one through the net.

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I know Pete, I really like the way Rea goes about his business. If he decides to go to WSBK for a year or two first, a GP move could depend if LCR decide to put Eugene laverty on a 800, that's got to be a couple of years away at least, if at all. JR should just get his ass into GP's soon as he can, forget about WSBK, plenty of time for that and for BSB when he's in his 30's. JT will be in GP's next year so there'll be limited places for British riders soon.
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Well i dare say the Aus. Supers isn't as competitive as it used to be but the standout from there has to be Jaime Stauffer. Championship winner last year but on a factory bike.... seems to be heading the same way again this year.
Had it been 3 months ago ... i would've alse said Russell Holland. Who put up a brilliant battle with Stauffer last year for the title on a privateer machine. But he's has literally been nowhere this year. I haven't seen any races from this year but in the results he's almost nowhere to be seen.... which is a huge dissapointment.
Another name i want to mention is Mark Aitchison. Raced Supersport here for a few years... my eldest bro and myself both picked him as the next to graduate to the world stage and at present he's racing in the superstock 1000 fim cup ( with antoher aussie brendan roberts) and coming first in the championship points ....

thats all my up and comings
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (K.J. @ May 29 2007, 12:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Well i dare say the Aus. Supers isn't as competitive as it used to be but the standout from there has to be Jaime Stauffer. Championship winner last year but on a factory bike.... seems to be heading the same way again this year.
Had it been 3 months ago ... i would've alse said Russell Holland. Who put up a brilliant battle with Stauffer last year for the title on a privateer machine. But he's has literally been nowhere this year. I haven't seen any races from this year but in the results he's almost nowhere to be seen.... which is a huge dissapointment.
Another name i want to mention is Mark Aitchison. Raced Supersport here for a few years... my eldest bro and myself both picked him as the next to graduate to the world stage and at present he's racing in the superstock 1000 fim cup ( with antoher aussie brendan roberts) and coming first in the championship points ....

thats all my up and comings

I wouldn't consider anyone in Australian championships significant until they had proved them self on at least world supersport or decent national superbike level. There seems to be a lot of Australians in the world superbike paddock, but most of them are nobodies.


I am unconvinced by Spies so far, i wouldn't put him on a gp bike unless he did a bit better in AMA or had some world superbike success. I also agree that Jonathan Rea is the next big thing from the UK, but i think he should get out now, don't even bother sticking around to win the British series.
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thats why they're up and comings .... they've got talent, but yet to prove themselves....


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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (K.J. @ May 29 2007, 12:58 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>thats why they're up and comings .... they've got talent, but yet to prove themselves....


Yeah but with so many Australian nobodies in the world superbike paddock, the riders need to do something extra special to stand out at all (kind alike Spaniards in gp) and i don't think that can be achieved in the domestic series you have.
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