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March 10th, 2008, 12:48 PM   #1
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What is going on with Honda around the world?

Not to mention that they had 3 potential podium finishers retire with Black Flag/DNF/Pit Incident: Duhamel, Hodgson, Zemke.

Can we call this absolute disaster?
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We talked about elsehere, but it is quite sickening with Honda.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Mar 10 2008, 03:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>What is going on with Honda around the world?
been wonderin the same thing... [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif[/img]
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This is really a shame for Josh Hayes. He's been around forever but in the last few years has been fast on everything he rides. I was really pulling for him and Zemke to beat the factory guys.
I thought that Zemke's tire change issue was a little suspicious.
I don't understand why he was pushed out of HRC and Miguel stayed. I understand the signing of Hodgson but it should have been Miguel who lost his job. If Zemke finished on the podium ahead of Miguel and Hodgson it really would have made Honda look foolish.
I watched the Erion team in the pits when Josh crossed the finish line. They were estatic. He had his mom and his wife on the podium to celebrate with him. It was a great moment. He's a down to earth approachable guy.
The great thing about going to Daytona is that you have access to the garage and pit areas. I don't know how other tracks are but you can walk around and pretty much catch any rider for an autograph or just to greet them and say good luck. Hayes and Zemke have always been nothing but friendly to me unlike some riders who seem to forget that racing is about the fans.

The picture I was trying to post but it wouldn't go through on the other thread was me standing about 3 feet behind Martin Cardenas as he sat in the middle of the garage road on his pit bike.
I could have taken him out right there with a boot to the head.
Why is he the only rider with his first name instead of his last printed on the back of his leathers?

One more random thought. Why the fuck does everyone stand around the Jordan Suzuki garage and take pictures of the bikes and ponder if they will see Jordan?
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Congratulations the proper Daytona Winner CHAV DAVIES!

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Chav Davies? [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]

I agree, well done to Chas, but you have to feel for him, if you read this:
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It must be disappointing to not have had the chance to stand on that top step.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (JohnnyKnockdown @ Mar 13 2008, 06:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>The picture I was trying to post but it wouldn't go through on the other thread was me standing about 3 feet behind Martin Cardenas as he sat in the middle of the garage road on his pit bike.
I could have taken him out right there with a boot to the head.

Why is he the only rider with his first name instead of his last printed on the back of his leathers?

One more random thought. Why the fuck does everyone stand around the Jordan Suzuki garage and take pictures of the bikes and ponder if they will see Jordan?

Ah, a man after my own heart.

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (JohnnyKnockdown @ Mar 13 2008, 10:59 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>This is really a shame for Josh Hayes. He's been around forever but in the last few years has been fast on everything he rides. I was really pulling for him and Zemke to beat the factory guys.
I thought that Zemke's tire change issue was a little suspicious.
I don't understand why he was pushed out of HRC and Miguel stayed. I understand the signing of Hodgson but it should have been Miguel who lost his job. If Zemke finished on the podium ahead of Miguel and Hodgson it really would have made Honda look foolish.
I watched the Erion team in the pits when Josh crossed the finish line. They were estatic. He had his mom and his wife on the podium to celebrate with him. It was a great moment. He's a down to earth approachable guy.
The great thing about going to Daytona is that you have access to the garage and pit areas. I don't know how other tracks are but you can walk around and pretty much catch any rider for an autograph or just to greet them and say good luck. Hayes and Zemke have always been nothing but friendly to me unlike some riders who seem to forget that racing is about the fans.

The picture I was trying to post but it wouldn't go through on the other thread was me standing about 3 feet behind Martin Cardenas as he sat in the middle of the garage road on his pit bike.
I could have taken him out right there with a boot to the head.
Why is he the only rider with his first name instead of his last printed on the back of his leathers?

One more random thought. Why the fuck does everyone stand around the Jordan Suzuki garage and take pictures of the bikes and ponder if they will see Jordan?


Josh really is a nice guy.7-8 years ago,maybe longer,when he was just getting to be known a little on the AMA scene,we were camping at Road Atlanta and his dad happened to be camping right next to us.Josh came up and spent a couple of hours partying with his dad and talking racing with all the guys.I have been a fan ever since.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (povol @ Mar 14 2008, 10:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Josh really is a nice guy.7-8 years ago,maybe longer,when he was just getting to be known a little on the AMA scene,we were camping at Road Atlanta and his dad happened to be camping right next to us.Josh came up and spent a couple of hours partying with his dad and talking racing with all the guys.I have been a fan ever since.
I know what you mean; we had a similar experience at Laguna one time. We sit up in one of the hills, with the common people every year (that's all I can afford). Unbeknownst to us, we just happen to be sitting with some friends and family of Josh Hayes a few feet away. After his race (back when he was on the Kawasaki), he came and sat up there and watched the rest of the proceedings. Genuinely down to Earth guy. We approached him and talked a little bit, he signed a Kawasaki banner we had, then left him alone. But he then came to us to talk a bit more, which really is a sign of a sociable person. Really, he's not that much different than many of the AMA guys (except Mladin/Spies/Hacking and a few other arrogant guys).
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Mar 15 2008, 12:38 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I know what you mean; we had a similar experience at Laguna one time. We sit up in one of the hills, with the common people every year (that's all I can afford). Unbeknownst to us, we just happen to be sitting with some friends and family of Josh Hayes a few feet away. After his race (back when he was on the Kawasaki), he came and sat up there and watched the rest of the proceedings. Genuinely down to Earth guy. We approached him and talked a little bit, he signed a Kawasaki banner we had, then left him alone. But he then came to us to talk a bit more, which really is a sign of a sociable person. Really, he's not that much different than many of the AMA guys (except Mladin/Spies/Hacking and a few other arrogant guys).

I don't know how Spies was in the past when he had his little Rock Star Chickenhead girlfriend to inpress but this year all I said to him was "Good luck Ben" as he was walking to the hot pits half an hour before the Superbike race. He looked up at me nodded, smiled and said " Thank You".
I did the same for a few other riders who wouldn't even adknowledge my existence.
I thought it ironic that the top guy who should have all the arrogance and attitude treated me better
than guys that always finish 6th thru 8th.
As much as I hate to say it, every time I have encountered Roger Lee he has always acted as if you were a complete annoyance to him
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