It seems that Honda and Team Fortuna have agreed to sign on The Roman Emperor for a 1 year deal for 2006! Here's a pic below! Enjoy!...O
I read a rambling piece on SuperbikePlanet written by Mladin:kingsnake1650 said:I heard on 2wheel tuesday that matt maladin was doing some WSB testing on the Gsx r 1000. I doubt anything will come of it because he is a wus and wont take on a challenge. Although they did say he was running better times than Troy Corser with some debate over tire choice
Sounds to me like he never had the desire to race WSB, and that while he would've liked to race GP he thinks he's too old for it. If this holds true, I'd expect his career to end the first year he loses the AMA #1 plate. 2006? Maybe.matmladin said:I also had an interesting conversation with a lady from the Flammini Group (Flammini run WSB). On Thursday morning a lot of press arrived as there was a press conference scheduled for lunch time. I got to catch up with a few people I hadn't seen in a long time. This particular lady I have seen at Laguna and is high up in the Flammini group I believe, her exact role I am not sure of. I have spoken to her before on occasion.
She approached me about a few things to do with a venue in the United States that maybe they will run a WSB race in the future. My crew chief obviously knows this lady very well also as Pete spent a lot of time in Europe up until the mid 90's. Pete entered the conversation and then the whole line of questioning completely changed. He was asked when is he going to bring me to the WSB series. She continued down the path with "You don't need anymore money, so you should come to WSB". "You have many AMA titles but you will never be a World Champion". You see it was at this point that I realized how many people get caught up in their own self importance.
For all the people that cherish their kids you will understand what I mean when I say things get put into perspective when you have the little buggers and they look into your eyes and without words make you know that all they expect is to be taken care of. When they fall off the bicycle for the first time and just want re-assurance that they will be okay. For the people that don't have kids, I wish for you to experience it one day.
I would have enjoyed the chance to have gone back to GP (not WSB) 5 years ago to give it a shot, but the right opportunity wasn't there. I have had a saying that I repeat to myself frequently these days and have done so for the past few years. "If there is a judge when my time is up, I certainly hope I am not judged by the way I could ride a motorbike and if I am, then I want out". I couldn't care less about what Rossi or Corser do. I will always support the sport, but at this stage in my life, my future interests lay far away from the race track, but that is for another time.
I am 34 years old on March 10 and am completely comfortable with the fact that my shot at being MotoGP World Champ is over. I am also glad that some of the old boys of GP racing are being shipped out for younger guys. The fact that Hopkins and Vermeulen are riding for Suzuki, to me, is exciting and right! Two young guys to push each other, in turn pushing the development of their motorcycle further. Whether or not I think I could beat them if riding that bike is a moot point. I am too old for the development of the class.