Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Lumberton, Texas
Honda only cares about itself. Met him once at a flat track race in Baytown Tx. Earl, and the whole famdamily was there. Tommy and Rodger were racing, and Nicky had his arm in a cast. We spent some time talking in the pits, and ogling Willie McCoy's new squeeze, who was running around the pits in what had to be a barely legal pair of Daisy Dukes. I really liked the guy. In a way, I'm glad to see him moving to WSB. At least there, he will get a competitive bike, which is something he hasn't had since he won the championship in '06. I think it's most noteworthy that on the Ducati, he was often faster than Rossi. But perhaps that lack of killer instict was his own personal downfall. While he is undoubtedly and excellent rider, with passion for the sport, he was always just one nth away from the aliens. I'm hoping he will dominate again on a superbike. For me the best rides of his career were on the RC51. It suits his style of riding better perhaps. Would also love to see him come back to the states, and do some dirt track racing again. As stated, he is probably the classiest sportsman to come along in our sport for a long time. I wish him the best...