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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-02-2017, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Rossi, Edwards, SP1

I was feeling a little nostalgic for the RC51.
A little look back about a decade and a half.
This from MCN:
"Rossi got his first taste of the 8 Hour race the previous year, partnering Edwards. Rossi promptly crashed the bike - a Honda SP-1 - on his first stint. The team repaired the bike, only for Edwards to crash and set it on fire. Rossi's first Suzuki 8 Hour race was over."

I knew Rossi crashed in 2000 while in the lead, but I didn't know that in that same race, Edwards crashed AND burned the bike!

Look back: Valentino Rossi's only Suzuka 8 Hour win | MCN
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no fire in the footage though.....


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Old enough to know better, young enough not to care.
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After I purchased my SP-2 I found an old VHS tape I had made of the final 2002 WSBK race at Imola. My son found me an old VHS player and I had the pleasure of watching Edwards take the championship on the Honda v twin.

Grainy video but exciting, especially so now that I have the bike in the garage!
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2 phenomenal careers from these two legends who have been adversaries & teammates but that 1 year they won the 8 hour race together & just happened to do it on our favorite bike!
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Well said smokingjoe. Pretty much how I felt the day I posted the thread.
Two legends, who've ridden the RC51 to win races, and in CE's case, a Championship.
That's just fucking cool...

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