As much as I like and appreciate the work of David Emmett at Motomatters.com, I had to take exception to a recent article he posted concerning Cameron Beaubier’s World Superbike debut this weekend at Donnington Park. I felt the need to leave a comment on his site about some of his views stated along with my opinion on one of the issues holding back American riders from graduating to the world stage that I feel directly involves him and other members of the European moto-press. Below is a link to the article followed by my posted comments.
“Rightly or wrongly, the concensus in both world championship paddocks is that the level of racing in the US is fairly low.” Wrongly…
While I greatly admire and enjoy your work David, you missed the mark a bit on this one. I hate to say it but one of the main things working against US riders currently is the attitudes and comments of most (if not all) of the European moto-journalists. I’m not trying to (nor do I care to) change anyones opinion but consider a few points related to this article:
*Toni Elias: Elias has proven that given the right set of circumstances that he is still a very fast rider. The Yosh team, the bike set-up and the Dunlop tires are proving this. To say he is a washed-up rider from the world championship coming in and waxing established American riders is simply not true (similarly with Claudio Corti as well).
*Josh Herrin: Josh has taken a beating and has been the scapegoat for American riders not getting the call up to the world stage due to his breif appearance in Moto2. He has admitted he could have done a few things better himself but it is no secret that the Caterham team ignored most of his requests to make changes to his bike when asked (basically if we want your opinion we’ll give it to you) and focused most of their efforts on the more experienced Johann Zarco.
*Danny Eslick: Your only comment on ‘Slick’ was “he narrowly avoided being lapped”. Considering it was his first time in Moto2, at Le Mans and on a new version of the Suter chassis, he did quite well in my sight as he didn’t end any sessions in the gravel trap and provided the team with some valuable feedback and data. Any keen observer of our US series will tell you that Danny has an incredible amount of raw talent and bike control and has mainly been held back by some poor decisions he has made in his personel life.
Unfortunately, even if Beaubier does preform well this weekend (which so far he has), it still won’t erase the stigma faced by American riders that to some extent, you and many of your colleagues, have helped to create.
The earlier comment about J.D. Beach seems to prove that unlike 99% of the time, you didn’t perform the due diligence that we are used to seeing from you before posting this article. Whether anyone wants to believe it or not, the level of racing (and rider talent) in the US is at a much higher level than it is credited for ‘across the pond’…