Eddie Lawson interview

Discussion in 'General' started by HPPT, Jun 14, 2018.

  1. HPPT

    HPPT Admin/Mod

  2. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    Thanks man. :)
    I'm a huge fan of Lawson, he's on my top three favorites of all time. Shit, my kid is named after him (#3 choice but only because Schwantz would have been a weird name for a girl and Sam sad f@ck no to Noodles).
     
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  3. StanTheMan

    StanTheMan Well-Known Member

    Thanks for sharing that, Lawson was always my favorite rider. And I'd LOVE to have an original ELR, although the new one looks pretty badass too.
     
  4. G 97

    G 97 What's my name

    “When I went over to Europe the first year, of course, I had to race against Kenny and had to race against Barry Sheene. That was tough, all those guys. But then the next year, it was Freddie (Spencer) who was the guy. Then of course there was Wayne Gardner. Then came Schwantz and Rainey. From the start to the finish, I had to battle some heavy hitters.”

    But Doohan had to race against Checa and Barros. :crackup:
     
  5. G 97

    G 97 What's my name

    Too bad corporate Kawasaki doesn’t have the race mentality like they use too. Pretty cool to have all the suits involved and also,being passionate about it.
     
  6. Mongo

    Mongo Sacko

    Did they ever have that mentality? I remember them subbing stuff out to Muzzy but that was Rob more than the factory.
     
  7. G 97

    G 97 What's my name

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    Good question. According to Lawson they were involved at a higher level or at least the people in management were race fans themselves etc. Other than Honda it seemed as if most manufactures farmed out their race programs at the time.
     
  8. Mongo

    Mongo Sacko

    True. They definitely had more interest at that point than they seem to now. I was comparing them more to the other three now/recently.
     
  9. G 97

    G 97 What's my name

    It’s unfortunate that Kawisaki USA isn’t involved with MOTO America. The zx10 would be very competitive.
    I can’t even remember the last time they were directly involved in AMA outside of their deal with Attack.

    After Muzzy it never really felt like they were committed 100%, one year in, the next year out. Repeat. LOL
     
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  10. dieterly

    dieterly Well-Known Member

    Rossi won a bunch of championships against Checa and Barros too
     
  11. SGVRider

    SGVRider Well-Known Member

    Reading the article, but I just had to say, man that Z900 is HOT!!! That is one proper looking UJM.
     
  12. eggfooyoung

    eggfooyoung You no eat more!

    So you went with Eddie? Nice! Us too!
     
  13. Dave K

    Dave K DaveK über alles!

    Yeah, um, no. His last name for her first and it totally trips people out.
     
  14. YamahaRick

    YamahaRick Yamaha Two Stroke Czar

    Think 70's. Gary Nixon, Yvon Duhamel, Art Bauman. You kids need to show some respect.

    Let the good time roll!

    Bonus to anyone that can ID the first and fourth mechanics from the right.

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  15. YamRZ350

    YamRZ350 Nicorette Dependent

    Erv Kanemoto, Kevin Cameron?
     
  16. YamahaRick

    YamahaRick Yamaha Two Stroke Czar

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  17. Thistle

    Thistle Well-Known Member

    I agree. The Scott Russell years. That was the biz. Would be great to see them back.

    In regards to the first part of your comment, was Kawasaki USA not involved when they ran Jamie Hacking and Roger Lee? 2007 - 2008 ish....? My memory fails me.
     
  18. Steeltoe

    Steeltoe Breaker of chains.

    How were you guys watching this stuff in the 70's and 80's? It wasn't on any sort of media when I was a kid. Never saw it on tv except once in a while on I think it was Wide World of Sports. I don't remember any magazines except dirt bike stuff.
     
  19. YamRZ350

    YamRZ350 Nicorette Dependent

  20. YamahaRick

    YamahaRick Yamaha Two Stroke Czar

    You watched it in person. Daytona, Road Atlanta, Talladega (NASCAR track), Charlotte.

    You waited on Cycle News Dixie to show up about a week later with coverage.

    You waited a month after GP races for the Motor Cycle News to show up with coverage.

    You have a dad that went to Daytona for motorcycle races starting in 1948. Rode down from Fort Bragg.

    You have a Japanese mother who helps with learning inside info from the teams. Or helping me meet Rodger Decoster at the Belgium MX GP when I was nine years old.

    Here's a pic of my older brother in Daytona for one of his earliest "Bike Week" experiences. I was not yet born. He was three. Now rides an R1.

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