well we ALL know how I was gonna answer this one
btw, I'm back from my hiatus, hi everyone, missed you guys.
yea, I miss the 500s, and no, it wasn't just the competition that I missed, it was the "feel" of the bikes, you watched the 500's and you KNEW that the bike was absolutly evil, all that it wants to do is kill you. The other beauty of them tho is that ANYONE on the grid can win on a 500 if he hangs his balls out and gets lucky that day. some guys where faster than others, but with the 4-strokes, you can more or less pick 3 maybe 4 guys as possible race winners, and 95-99% of the time you'll be bang on correct. With the 500's, you pick 3 or 4 guys, and you'll be correct MAYBE 60% of the time. Would we see Norick Abe winning races on a second string satellite yamaha 990? 'cause we DID see him do that on a 2-stroke. How about Alex Barros being a title contender on trashola machinery? (ok, actually we saw that in 2002, and so did honda, hence givin him an RC211V for the last 4 races, where he won 2 and got second twice, scored more points than Valentino.)
I dunno, I'm a 2-stroke lover, and I always will be, but honestly even the 250's are pretty goddamned brutal these days. Ultimatly tho, I find myself asking the question "is it the motors? or is it the electronics that make the racing so crummy" and time and time again I keep coming up with it being the traction control. I imagine that if you fitted modern traction control and modern tires to even an old 2002 500, it wouldn't be that far from being competative. When the 990's first where being tested, even the hardest of the 500 tires couldn't last 5 laps under the abuse the 990's where dishing them. meaning basicly, the 500's could run half race distance on a damned qualifier (oversimplification yea, but it gets the point across in dramatic style)
MotoGPracing: amen brother, bring back the eual displacement rules (like it was since the beginning of time) and we'll see how the 4-strokes do. I have an idea tho, you wanna see some REAL ass kicking and really fast bikes, lets bring in 800cc 2-strokes. Watch the privateers roll out the 6 and 8 cylinder bikes making 350hp
another point is that back in the 50 days, a fully set-up race bike for a season for a privateer, you where into about $100k, so say $300k on the top end for a privateer team for 2 bikes and spares for a season for a rider. (this is assuming he's a real crasher, the spare kits that the manufacturers dish out with privateer bikes are Very generous) Now snap forward to modern motoGP bikes... these things make F1 cars look cheap, whereas in the past it was possible to be very competative with $10 million for a season (which there was tons of tobacco companies dieing to cough up) Now Sito Pons, a guy with nearly 10 years running a team, who has been a title contender in the past, can't keep a team rolling for less than 50 million, WCM who where title contenders as recently as 2000, running on a 5 million budget at the time, are running on a 30 million dollar budget and are lapped at nearly every race, superbikes are lapping faster.
are they faster now than they where before? absolutly.
are they easier to ride? definatly
can a good rider on a shitty bike still win races? no.....
Sete Gibernau, suzuki in 2002, fighting like a motherfucker to make the top 10. switches to Honda for 2003, wins many races and is a title contender.
Kenny Roberts Jr, former world champion on the 500's (anyone who says he doesn't have skills, he won a championship on the 500's and won 4 o 5 races that year, like a 30% win rate for that season, not bad at all) Honda motors this year in a bike that was on almost exactly the same level as his suzuki. he goes from fighting for 15th and 16th place to multiple podiums and finishing with the lead group.
you can argue that Rossi went to yamaha and won, that the yamaha was a bad bike. but was it really? Biaggi was winning races and podiuming on it, it wasn't the best bike, it still isn't, but it was on the same level. Could Rossi do it on a suzuki or a kawasaki? I'm gonna have to go with no... noone could.
anyways, sorry to write a novel, but take it for what it's worth, I was born breathing 2-stroke smoke and have been living it and loving it every day since then.
HAIL TO THE KING!!
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