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post #1 of 15 Old 04-10-2006, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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Finally got to watch the Qatar race this afternoon and saw Hopkins on the side of the track kicking the snot out of his Suzuki. Has anybody noticed that he does this every time he has a mechanical? He usually just beats on the tank, but this time he kicked the bike two or three times. Rumor has it that Honda would not let Biaggi ride one of their bikes because of the way he complained. Imagine how long Hopkins would last there. Quite a different scene when compared to Rossi making out with his Yamaha after most races. I'll bet the Japanese corporate people love Hopkins' antics.

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i'd do the same thing if it kept happening. Suzuki blew over ten engines I believe in that weekend. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
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Yeah, saw that.... Not a big deal yet... Well not until he starts bad mouthing the bike in public. I think he is just really frustrated. Signed the new contract. Wants to race, and to win. But the bike keeps breaking.... Last thing you want to be doing is worring about your ride when you are going 200 mph....

If it continues, I imagine he'd start to wonder "what if" as far as the Honda ride that he could have had...



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Yeah, saw that.... Not a big deal yet... Well not until he starts bad mouthing the bike in public. I think he is just really frustrated. Signed the new contract. Wants to race, and to win. But the bike keeps breaking.... Last thing you want to be doing is worring about your ride when you are going 200 mph....

If it continues, I imagine he'd start to wonder "what if" as far as the Honda ride that he could have had...



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Yes i was surprised to see him going mental but he has got so much talent and the bike keeps letting him down.
They cut back to the racing so we didnt see all that he did to the bike.
Hopefully Suzuki will get it right for next year and he can give it a good shake with Vermulen(?) kicking ass too.
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it reminded me of John Cleese & the broken down car in Fawlty Towers

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i would have done the same ...
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I was reminded of the article I read in Road Racer X about Hopper. Talking about the promises Suzuki made to him to keep him. That and his "Loyalties" to the company. I wonder if he was thinking about said promises as he kicked the tar outta his ride.



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Finally got to watch the Qatar race this afternoon and saw Hopkins on the side of the track kicking the snot out of his Suzuki. Has anybody noticed that he does this every time he has a mechanical? He usually just beats on the tank, but this time he kicked the bike two or three times. Rumor has it that Honda would not let Biaggi ride one of their bikes because of the way he complained. Imagine how long Hopkins would last there. Quite a different scene when compared to Rossi making out with his Yamaha after most races. I'll bet the Japanese corporate people love Hopkins' antics.
Hondas don't blow up. Especially 10 times in one weekend. Hopper made a mistake staying with Suzuki. Crappiest bike in MotoGP. Makes the Kawasakis look fast.
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it seems that suzuki has had problems for several years on the MotoGP level. didn't one of their bikes catch on fire during a qualifying run a couple years ago?


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