The All-Purpose Motorsports Thread

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The way I look at it is the kind of people who compete in motorsports are the same breed of people who would have flown P-51's and Spitfires back in the 40's, they have bottle that most people don't, I've been lucky enough to have been on track with some very fast motorbike racers and they just leave you for dead even though you think you're really flying, how late some of them leave it until they brake is staggering. One of my mates was at a track day testing his Yamaha R1 race bike and TT winner Ian Hutchinson was on track on a road bike with mirrors and a licence plate and he fucking slaughted everyone out there.
For sure. The level of talent is extraordinary, beyond the mental makeup. Or some combination of the 2
 
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Did anyone see any of the Daytona 500?

NASCAR is really on its arse at the moment, low attendances and viewing figures, it used to be one of the biggest spectator sports in the world. It seems like the people who run it have driven away the type of people who started it as a grass roots sport.

The rules are baffling too. I've not watched it properly for a long time though.
 
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Did anyone see any of the Daytona 500?

NASCAR is really on its arse at the moment, low attendances and viewing figures, it used to be one of the biggest spectator sports in the world. It seems like the people who run it have driven away the type of people who started it as a grass roots sport.

The rules are baffling too. I've not watched it properly for a long time though.
Yeah I did. It turned out much better than what speedweeks indicated. They were all running singlefile with no ability to pass whatsoever. They've adopted a new package this year as well, I'll tune in to Atlanta just to see what it looks like. Apparently they have cut power drastically and upped down force so pack racing should be the norm on most tracks which is really dumb. Matter of fact of all the dumb shit nascar has done this may take the cake.

Daytona isnt really an indication of what the cars will race like. In general I've never liked plate racing, it's a roll of the dice in large part. That said those pigs are brilliant on road courses and short tracks so I do watch them still on occasion, Watkins Glenn is a must for me.

I havent watched much outside of that since Montoya went back to IndyCar. Before that the bitter side of me resented it for completely dominating American motorsports to the point people thought you had redneck tendencies if you said you are a race fan. Still is that way by and large. I guess all that drove me away around the time cart imploded.

Still watch Daytona every year. Jonesing for racing having just got the 24 in. Watched the 12 hours of bathurst too, panorama is a fantastic track, I'd watch lawnmowers there.

And yeah, your assumptions pretty much hit the nail on the head. It is still by a wide margin the most popular racing in america
 

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Today would have been Joey Dunlop's 67th birthday, if he was still around he'd probably still be racing in some capacity too.
 

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This was him at his very best in his last Ulster Grand Prix race


He's on a 5 year old bike with 250cc less than the brand new R1's which had dominated road racing that season.
 
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Went to Silverstone yesterday for the opening round of British Superbikes, good day, great weather savage racing too, so competitive that series, easily the best bike racing series to watch for entertainment because so many riders can win races.
 
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'Straya, cunt.
Went to Silverstone yesterday for the opening round of British Superbikes, good day, great weather savage racing too, so competitive that series, easily the best bike racing series to watch for entertainment because so many riders can win races.
A day out watching any form of racing is on my list, below watching a middleweight title fight at MSG.
 

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Went to Silverstone yesterday for the opening round of British Superbikes, good day, great weather savage racing too, so competitive that series, easily the best bike racing series to watch for entertainment because so many riders can win races.
I'm jealous. Seriously. Never done bike racing (or car for that matter), it's on the bucket list.

What's the best course in the UK to watch bike racing at, Ant?
 

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I'm jealous. Seriously. Never done bike racing (or car for that matter), it's on the bucket list.

What's the best course in the UK to watch bike racing at, Ant?
Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire or Oulton Park in Cheshire for me, Brands Hatch is good too but it's some trek if you live up north.
 
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Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire or Oulton Park in Cheshire for me, Brands Hatch is good too but it's some trek if you live up north.
When he was a lot younger my Dad used to follow bike racing (he also owned a couple of old BMWs which he kept in the back garden). He did all the big events in the UK (watched not competed).

Let me know when you're next at a track watching and I'll try and get there. It'd be nice to have someone at the side of me to tell me what's happening. I know fuck all about the sport. I'm not a weirdo by the way either, it just would be good to have someone talk me through it.
 
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A day out watching any form of racing is on my list, below watching a middleweight title fight at MSG.
Go watch some supercars man. Being at the track is a great experience. I've brought many people that dont care about racing but they all have enjoyed being there, such a visceral experience, more so than any other sporting event I have attended.
 

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We dropped into Oulton Park today for the bike racing, wasn't planned but we went to Truckfest in Peterborough on Sunday and it was on the way back so we thought what the hell and had a good day.
 
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If anyone can get BBC one Northern Ireland(Channel 953 on Sky) there's highlights from the Cookstown 100 road races at 10:35 tonight.
 

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Looking at the live timing from the North West 200 qualifying, Michael Dunlop still has what it takes despite not racing for nearly a year and coming off surgery on his wrist, right near the top of the time sheets. There's a tribute program on tonight at 10:30 on BBC1 NI dedicated to his brother William.
 
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