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Rossi, Bayliss and the Gothic Kitties of Qatar

Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wading through the droves of teenagers while doing my last bit of Christmas shopping at the mall reminded me of a scene from Froggy's Bar in Daytona during Bike Week. The difference is that the fishnet stockings, torn-up outfits, dyed black hair, over done eyeliner and preposterous piercings are adorning twitty teenage girls not blitzed biker babes. No wonder those freaks in Pennsylvania selling Gothic Kittens on the web were raking in the dough - everyone seems to be pierced from top to bottom so heck, why not your little kitty too? Speaking of raking in the dough, can you imagine if Don King was signed-on to promote the rumored upcoming showdown between Valentino Rossi and Troy Bayliss that Motociclismo is reporting will take place at the first round of the 2009 SBK championship?

I can see the marquee now: 600-bazillion grains of sand, 28-laps, 4 sets of tires, two racing legends, one trophy. Welcome to Qatar where Rossi with his pierced ears and
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Would Rossi Win?
flamboyant style the envy of every young racer around the world attempts to dethrone the calm and cool reigning World Superbike champion in a one race showdown. R1 versus 1098R on Pirelli spec tires, oh yeah baby. Uh, what's that again? What about Rossi's Bridgestone deal? What about Bayliss being retired? What about the kittens? As much as I would love to see this showdown of these two Jedi-masters it just doesn't seem likely to happen in my opinion. I hope I 'm wrong, I really do but there's a better chance of finding a live, tattooed pussy cat for sale at the mall pet shop than there is seeing Bayliss and Rossi elbowing each other for position while crossing the finish line at 160-mph. Then again stranger things have happened.
Post Tags: Gothic kittens, Valentino Rossi and Troy Bayliss, R1 versus 1098R, Christmas
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James -I agree December 23, 2008 04:33 AM
The race between those two was decided on that day. Remember also that Rossi wasn't even close to Bayliss when he crashed. Remember also that Rossi had been riding the whole year on that bike and Bayliss had not.
Don -Tire Contracts December 19, 2008 10:38 PM
Now that MotoGP has gone to a spec tire rule with Bridgestone, it would seem more likely that riders could ride as wildcards in other series. Previously it was a rider or team that had a contract with a tire manufacturer but now it's the entire series. So I would guess that a tire company has little say over whether or not a rider competes in an alternate series, unless the tire company has contracted with a rider for additional promotion rights. And Rossi may be the only rider out there worth doing such a deal with. Even if Bridgestone has a contract with Rossi, they should still let him ride in the one race showdown - why not, what's the harm?
deepthroat -Bayliss vs. Rossi December 19, 2008 04:49 AM
Perhaps you remember this? 10-30-2006 MOT: Bayliss wins first MotoGP race - as a wildcard By Robert Grant MELBOURNE, Oct 30 AAP - Newly-crowned world superbike champion Troy Bayliss will not be tempted to return to MotoGP racing despite winning the season-ending premier series race in Spain as a wildcard. Bayliss turned a cameo into a triumph when he took his Ducati to a surprise win in Valencia as American Nicky Hayden clinched the world championship when multiple title winner Valentino Rossi crashed. I wouldn't look for it to happen again.