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man...Philip Island had some great action happening yesterday!....blown away by the end result of the 1st race in lieu of the beginning....and then the 2nd race was.....WOW!....this will be a very exciting season indeed...too bad we have to wait till April for the next round....hopefully Troy Corser isn't too sore today and I am glad that Barros changed his line to not plow all over him....was kinda refreshing to hear him a bit worried about him in the post race interview....
 

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I figured bayliss' tires would go off at the end and they may be able to catch him but I was really surprised at the speed which Corser and Barros passed him. I thought he had a mechanical problem. Race two was a little slow, I thought. The season is wide open still.
 

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I think the reason race 2 was kinda slow was due to people seeing what happened to their tires in race 1 which apparently wasn't happening as fast or as severely as it was in qualifying practise!
 

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I thought Barros' gave us an excellent lesson in Collision Avoidance 101! That was quite worrying and I'm not surprised it freaked him out enough to put him off his rhythm for a few laps. Corser has had xrays etc and is okay.

Great racing, I really enjoyed both of them. Man I'm glad to see Bayliss back where he belongs!

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Corser's comments on the weekend:

All races at Phillip Island are hard but the first race was one of the toughest I’ve ever done for sure.

I had a feeling that Bayliss would not be able to keep up that pace for the whole race and that his tyres would not last, and that’s how it worked out. When I got caught in a group behind Bayliss at the beginning, I knew that I couldn’t hang around with them too long, so when James (Toseland) made a little mistake and ran wide, at Honda, I was able to nip through. Then there was a clear track ahead of me, so I put my head and chased Bayliss. When I caught him, I could see he was having problems, so it was no surprise when I passed him. I then had a pretty good fight with Barros, but held him off at the end. Winning in Phillip Island is always sweet!

I was well-placed in race two, but on the approach to the turn after Lukey Heights, the rear end suddenly went and I was highsided. I felt a thud on my back and realised I had been hit by a bike, but I thought I had got away with it.

But, to make sure, I went to a hospital in Melbourne for a check-up. I really don’t know why I crashed, because the telemetry shows that I wasn’t doing anything different to the previous laps. But I guess that’s racing!
 

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Well ofcourse I like to see Bayliss doing well but Barros is looking mighty fast as well. I wish he hadnt been tangled with Pitt And Haga for so long in race 2.
And on the not what is the deal with those Yamaha's They start out well and seem to fade as the race goes on???
 

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Barros is scary ... he is only treating the first 2 rounds as his 'warm-ups' and is looking to really getting down to business on Round 3 in 5 weeks.

That's not bad for what he calls 'warming-up' to SBK by getting back to back podiums amongst a trio of ex-champs, with 2 aussies riding in home court. IMHO, he's the one to watch in the coming rounds.
 

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I can't recall who said it but it was an ex MotoGP guy commenting about the power difference between his MotoGP bike and his WSBK bike. According to him, the power difference wasn't much.

Phillip Island really brought home the importance of tires and tire wear management and choice, it did to me. How glaring was the complete tire failure on the Bayliss bike. Even by going to a harder compound in round 2, Bayliss stated the same thing started again near the end of the race. He said it was a good thing he had a substancial lead on Toseland before that occurred. I don't think Toseland would have caught him anyway even if he was closer, it was obvious he was having tire problems too.

At the post race interview (race 2) Bayliss didn't sound complimentary towards Pirelli tires. I'll bet if he had a choice, he would have slapped Michelins on. Mandatory tire rules suck.
 

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God! Round one with Ducati in the lead for the majority of the race, only to end up 6th place! Yes tires seemed to play a sole factor in victory and defeat.
 

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Well, everyone was on the same tires, so while tires were a problem for Bayliss in race one, it was a matter of bike setup and rider style. This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last, where a rider gaps the field and uses up his tires, only to slow down near the end and get passed.

After two rounds, I'm looking forward to every single race! This is great stuff!!!!
 

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Barros was impressive. So many riders trade leagues and are never competetive. Look at McCoy, Hodgson, etc. But Barros truly has a lot of experience and talent to take a non factory machine and place on the podium.

I am not a Honda fan, but Barros has been in MotoGP from way back and its nice to see someone change and still do ok.

What would Biaggi have done if given the same equipment that Barros has?

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dharhay said:
Barros was impressive. So many riders trade leagues and are never competetive. Look at McCoy, Hodgson, etc. But Barros truly has a lot of experience and talent to take a non factory machine and place on the podium.

I am not a Honda fan, but Barros has been in MotoGP from way back and its nice to see someone change and still do ok.

What would Biaggi have done if given the same equipment that Barros has?

Dave Harhay
crashed and then whined about it....LOL...J/K.....he has done substantially well considering the advantages that the Ten Kate' Honda team has over him for a privateer on his own...I am betting the next race he has a sponsor though!...someone other than Mclaffee that is...
 

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Well, everyone was on the same tires, so while tires were a problem for Bayliss in race one, it was a matter of bike setup and rider style. This isn't the first time, nor will it be the last, where a rider gaps the field and uses up his tires, only to slow down near the end and get passed.

After two rounds, I'm looking forward to every single race! This is great stuff!!!!

Smoothness is the key then. If Perelli tires are that sensitive then Corser is going to win ultimately because he is super smooth, most of the time. Uh, except when he highsided.
 

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migz123 said:
Bayliss' Front Tire, after Race 1:

Looks like any tire after a run at Thunderhill
 

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John said:
Smoothness is the key then. If Perelli tires are that sensitive then Corser is going to win ultimately because he is super smooth, most of the time. Uh, except when he highsided.
oh C'mon....he highsided very smoothly too....
 

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John said:
Looks like any tire after a run at Thunderhill
That's the front, in 22 laps ... unless any other guy at Thunderhill is pushing 194hp to the max in that amount of time, I don't think just any other tire at Thunderhill can be made to jello like that :)
 
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