Be sure to grab a copy of the American Roadracer 2006 calendar. Rumor has it that they’re randomly mixing copies autographed by Colin Edwards into the orders.A great looking calendar with some awesome shots of Edwards, Hopper, the Haydens & Bostroms, Zemke, Pridmore, and many more. Support American motorcycle road racing!
VERY interesting article by Dennis Noyes posted on SPEEDTV.com regarding the shakeup in MotoGP sponsors (and riders) for next season. Long read, but well worth it.
I just realized it has been over four months since I updated anything here. Sorry for letting things get so stale. I updated a lot of the sub-pages last week. Here’s a roundup of what I’ve been up to.I bought another bike back in May after selling one of the Kawasakis. Its a 1998 Yamaha FZR600R, and was in perfect shape with street and track bits. I did a track day back in early August with Ed Bargy Racing School and got competition certified for WERA. I don’t plan to compete for a while yet, but there are a LOT of track days coming up. Alex and I took a trip to Deal’s Gap at the end of August, and I slipped up and high-sided the FZR. Bike came out OK (needs upper fairing and some touch-up paint), but I managed to shatter my wrist in the process. I had surgery at Vanderbilt to reconstruct it, and I’ve got an external fixator on for six weeks total (three weeks more). That’s keeping me off the bike, and making me mental. I am getting rather quick at typing and tieing my shoes with my left hand, however. I’ve been driving the Jaguar since I can’t shift the BMW. I’ve become interested in this new podcasting fad, and there are three podcasts in particular that you should check out.
- MotoGPod – Bob Hayes’ podcast on MotoGP, and sometimes other motorcycle road racing.
- The F1 Podcast – I’ve listened to a few Formula 1 podcasts, and this is the best.
- The A1GP Podcast – Same guy that does the F1 podcast; this one is all about the new A1GP series. More on that later.
- MotoGP – Of course I was dead-on about Rossi. Who could miss that? Too bad he posted his first DNF of the season today at Suzuka, or he might have clinched the championship. Gibernau has really put me off; I can’t stand his attitude, and I hope Rossi makes good on his promise to prevent him from ever winning another MotoGP race. Really pulling for Edwards and Hayden; both are having decent seasons. Disappointed for Shakey Byrne and the whole KTM deal. I really, REALLY like Shakey, and hopefully a decent team will pick him up and give him a competitive ride. *edit* This just in — Camel Honda signed Shakey to ride the next two races for the injured Bayliss. Awesome!
- Formula 1 – Wow. Talk about blowing it. I wasn’t even close. First, thanks, F1, for spoiling the USGP and putting off a generation of fans in this country. Regardless of who is most at fault, it was a total farce. Please don’t screw it up next year KPLZTHX. Renault is doing me proud. Alonso is awesome in my book; I’ve been pulling for Alonso and Coulthard since race one this year. Speaking of Red Bull, looks like they’re getting serious about this. They may be F1’s saving grace, especially with their commitment to put an American in the driver’s seat of at least one car. GG, Red Bull. Also interesting is BMW looking to have a go for next season. Best of luck to them as well, and please send me a new 3-series guys. This season has been good so far, but I’m really looking forward to 2006 and 2007 with the new teams and new rules.
See one post previous for schedules of the major racing series this year. Here are my predictions for the season.MotoGP
Rossi is unbeatable overall. Another championship year. Capirossi, Hayden, and Gibernau will be strong. Here’s hoping Edwards and Hayden have great seasons for America. Formula One
Ferrari and Schumacher win again, that’s a no-brainer. BAR Honda and Renault take second and third constructors. Look for Red Bull to challenge in three years. WRC
WRC will be the most exciting motorsport to watch this year. Anybody can win it. I want Galli to have a great season, but not sure if Mitsu can keep him in a good car. If I have to pick, I’ll say Loeb will win it all. This one is truly anybody’s game.