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Yes & No, but most likely no. It's not the resurfacing of the NASCAR track that was the root of the problem it's the transitions from the car track to the old bike sections.
AMA gave them a list of problems to fix and they put Band-Aids on them and when AMA came to certify the track they said no so the they ended the relationship. Well a year later they decided to implement all the fixes after the '02 (WERA) races to try to coax them back, but it was too late.
Like you, I hope they can come back.....until then I won't frequent the track.
Bonus, what was special about one of the bikes he rode?
What former supercross world champion retired from supercross only to give GP racing a chance in the 90's
What cigarette company sponsored his bike and what bike was it?
Jean Michael Bayle...forgot the sponsor, but probably was Galiouse (sic) since both were French.
His first GP was one of the last races of 91 where he got lapped and it was considered a joke, but he was competitive a year later.
Tim "Lunatic" Duguay
a.k.a.:The Handicapped Biker
'73 Honda ST90<
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JMB's first full season was 1993 on the Aprilia 250 with Chesterfield sponsor. What I'm still looking for is he had a one off ride the last race of the season to try his hand at it. I got it on tape, can't find it on the web yet.
Yup, I was looking for the chesterfield and Aprilla, What was the last race of 92, I will check my tapes as well.
Wasnt he friends with Erv K, Maybe it was on the rothmans honda.
How bout the "rocket" you must know that one?
Give me a bit, I need to find it. I think he did it on a customer Aprilia since Honda didn't like the idea of him doing it while he was still under contract with them.
The Rocket was Ron Haslam. He got the nickname because back in the early to mid 80's they use to bump start the start of the 500's No one was faster then Ron, He shot out like a rocket from 3-4 rows back.
He also rode the Elf Honda, that was a bike with a single sided swing arm in the back ( very common now ) and a single side swing arm in the front ( no forks ) very cool for the time.