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Americans Needed in World Superbike

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Blake Young would retake second place from Geoff Young on the final lap for the first podium of his Superbike career in Race 2 - Road Atlanta
I vote Blake Young to World Superbike. What do you think?
Let’s all keep our fingers crossed some American riders get a shot at World Superbike next season. With Texas Terror Ben Spies leaving a year early to go to GPs – a smart decision if you ask me – and John Hopkins getting hurt up for the umpteenth time, the series now desperately needs an American in it. And while he’s still under contract from Yoshimura Suzuki for 2010, my vote is Blake Young. He’s young, hungry and has already proved he can run with the likes of Mat Mladin and Josh Hayes in his first year on a Superbike. When was the last rider that was able to do that? If I recall, it was some kid called 'Elbowz'.

Now you may be quick to point out that he did get a shot earlier in the season, but what most don’t know is that he was thrown onto the bike halfway through a leisurely European vacation with his mention Kevin Schwantz, having no idea he was going to ride. They had to specially make him leathers and fly over helmets from Japan just so he could ride, as the deal came together less than a week before the race. And while he didn’t fare well, how much can you really expect? Give the talented youngster a couple test days and some time to get to know his team, and I can guarantee the results will surprise everyone.

And while Young may have another year left in his American contract, I’d put my money on himself or Josh Hayes as the title contenders, after which they should both hightail it overseas and see what the rest of the world has to offer. What’s the worst that could happen? They end up back in AMA?

So, MotoUSA readers, what do you think? Should the top U.S. riders stay racing in the AMA or do everything they can to go overseas?
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NorCalFilth -x2468, all champs are from 3 countries. October 9, 2009 10:55 AM
That would be wrong. Frenchman Raymond Roche won was crowned champion in 1990 aboard the Ducati 851.
NorCalFilth -x2468- I Agree.... October 9, 2009 10:22 AM
I totally agree with the Hayden call. I was purely looking at new american talent to enter the world scene. Nicky for sure could go, and win! Colin could too but i think that the sun is setting on many of the current riders and we are going to see a new crop, just as MotoGP is. I would love to see Nicky go to WSBK. Based on the speed that Biaggi, Rea and Fabrizio have had as of late everyone on the grid is going to have their hands full next year.
Torre -Nah.... October 9, 2009 05:56 AM
I'd say Nicky Hayden, Jake Zemke, Larry Pegram, or Jamie Hacking.
x2468 -I think you're all looking in the wrong place..... October 8, 2009 11:52 PM
My vote for the next american World Superbike rider would have to be either Nicky Hayden or Colin Edwards. Neither of them are doing too well in GP. Colin has won it before, i'd like to see if he can do it again. Btw, i checked the history. Every world superbike championship has either been won by an American, a brit or an aussie. Interesting huh? No spanish or italians have ever won.
NorCalFilth -Americans Needed October 8, 2009 01:58 PM
Steve i think that i am going to halfway agree with you. But i will differ in names to put in the pool. While i believe that Hayes could kick up some dust i am looking a little deeper into my crystal ball. I would look for : Danny Eslick (Say what you want about the Buell, he is still one bad racer) Josh Herrin Martin Cardenas These guys are going to really up their game next season. No other racing until the last 2 weeks of WSBK really gave us the bar banging action that these guys gave us this year. I would look for at least one of these guys to make the transition in 2011! I am sure that this is not going to be popular opinion but hey... when do i supply that???
MotoJoe -Tom Hayde & Ben Bostrom October 8, 2009 08:31 AM
Thats my vote.
Steve Atlas -Eslick October 7, 2009 10:38 PM
I stay Danny Eslick on a 2000cc Buell with a turbo on it. Should be fair right? DMG would allow it. Talk about fun to watch!
Kamp -Zemke, Hacking October 7, 2009 01:28 PM
Both Zemke and Hacking had a wild card race recently in WSBK and did not do so well. As a result probably no competitive teams would be interested in either one of them. Both of them also had a poor season in the laughable Daytona sport bike class; which did not really help either. Eslick would do great in WSBK if the FIM would allow a Buell 1525RR to race, but it would have to weigh 20 lbs. extra of course so things would be “fair and competitive”.
MotoFreak -Blake Young???? October 7, 2009 10:30 AM
Sorry SteveO, I have to disagree. My vote would be Jake Zemke and Josh Hayes, but I'm not sure if either would be willing to go. Zemke was a young child and Hayes's wife still in the AMA. I can't see either going. What about Danny Eslick. He's the wildest rider of the bunch (backing in it the corners and wheelieing out of them).
clarkjw -Yoshimura? October 7, 2009 08:09 AM
Word is that Yosh will go to SBK. I really hope Schwantz is in on it. There is even talk of an additional US round to replace Qatar (I vote NJMSP). I'd love to see Mladin line up at Phillip Island for a wildcard, or at least in testing. TBH, only Hacking seems to have the talent to run in that series. We all know Mat gave up at years end and made his competition look faster. Seriously, you should give WSS a go Steve!
SteveO -RE: Kamp - Young & Hayes October 6, 2009 10:49 PM
Good point. Would be great to see Hayes go over there! SteveO
socalmoe -No we dont! October 6, 2009 09:34 PM
Let the best riders ride regardless of where their nationality. I think Americans can appreciate talent regardless of nationality.
Kamp -Young & Hayes October 6, 2009 09:31 PM
Young needs to first focus on winning some AMA superbike races first before he even thinks of WSBK. Sure Blake could have benefited from some testing but what rider wouldn’t. Besides, look at what Simoncelli did on the Aprilia; no testing and a bike completely different from what he races regularly or maybe anything he has ever ridden. Simply put, Black young is not ready for the big show yet and why would he be.

Hayes, there’s your man! He beat Mladin on a few occasions this season. Hayes looked good in a few wild card races in world super sport last year. Hayes could do it maybe not quite as well as Spies, and who could, but he could do it.

As far as the rest of the field in AMA…well the only ones that could do it or could have done it have already retired, are about to or should retire, made the move already, or should be grateful if they even have a ride for next year.