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June 27th, 2019, 09:35 AM   #31
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Actually at that time the AMA Superbike series was the preeminent National series on the planet with real race bikes and talent such as Spies, Mladin, Duhamel . I was not surprised at all at his performance his rookie year as he was established as one of the best Superbike riders in the history of the sport before he moved to WSBK.
I had a feeling he'd do well because he'd impressed on the Suzuki MotoGP bike in a couple of wildcard appearances the year before and I'd watched his battles with Mladin(Mat was actually a hero of mine) but I never expected him to win the title at the first attempt. It's a shame how his career ultimately ended up though, brilliant rider.
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July 15th, 2019, 12:21 PM   #32
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I guess the bright side for Ducati is they don't have to pay enormous bonuses for unexpected success.
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