Lusk to Kawasaki, RC to Honda

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{Stolen from Transworld Motocross}

Musical Chairs: Lusk to Kawasaki

Saturday June 16, 2001


Reports from sources close to the involved parties report that former Eastern Region 125cc SX Champion Ezra Lusk has signed to compete as a member of Team Kawasaki in the 2002 season.

The industry has been a buzz for several weeks now about Ricky Carmichael's rumored departure to Team Honda, but no one at Honda, Kawasaki or the Carmichael camp will confirm or deny the rumors. With Lusk's reported departure from the Red Rider squad and relocation with Team Green, it looks likely that RC will, indeed, fly the Honda wing in '02.

Lusk surprised many with his consistently strong finishes throughout the '01 SX season, but his injury free season ended when he suffered a broken ankle at the Hangtown 250cc National. Since then, Lusk's hasn't been up to par, but he remains one of the most talented and determined riders on the pro circuit.
 
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It will be quite hard for me to root for Lusk on a green bike. How weird will it be for to good friends like RC and Lusk to switch rides? Are they going to be giving each other set-up tips?
 

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Makes it that much easier for me to root against Lusk!:p

I've never really liked the guy, always seems like an accident waiting to happen. I guess he has some talent, though. I think this will make him the only guy to ride for all 4 Japanese factories. Just a tad too cocky for me, and doesn't seem to be able to back it up as well any more.

Maybe on the green bikes he'll have a little of the winning ways he had on the blue ones . . .:think
 

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Originally posted by XRpredator


I think this will make him the only guy to ride for all 4 Japanese factories.

LaRocco has ridden for Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawie factories. His current Honda ride is almost factory. Can't think of any others that have raced all 4 Japanese brands in the nationals.
 
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i thought lusk was supposed to go to team suzuki and carmichael was going to factory honda, i think that carmichael should kinda go because it will give honda a good chance at looking at a good title with carichael piloting the cr250 or crf450, lusk i dunno he';s been down he had bad seasons since the 99 season, he was no big threat to carmichael in 00 and 01 well see this up coming 02 season
 

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I don't know who's going where, but it seems Lusk is improving daily. The only thing holding him back, besides his occasional wild get offs, is his bike. Funny, I thought I heard him say something like he's got a "red" bike, referring to it from a power standpoint, as superior to others in the 250 class--and I felt like he was mainly aiming that at Kawasaki. Recently, looks like his bike is breaking every other race. I personally would love to see Carmichael go red (though I absolutely am convinced he will not--all a big side show) and do "so-so", whilst Lusk going to Kawasaki and kicking ass. :p

Can't blame Honda; they've done absolutely nothing lately, while Kawasaki/Team Green has been killing WORCS/GNCC/Hare & Hounds (Destry), 250 Supercross/Nationals (Ricky), and Brown looks good in the 125's (leader on a Suzuki). The only reason they haven't dominated BAJA lately is because, like Team Oreca in the American LeMans series (Vipers)--they pulled out several years ago because they had nothing else to prove.

I like all the bikes, and have had all brands (except KTM). But Kawasaki sure is looking good right now.
 
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[sup, which brand do you like that you had, i had 2 suzuki's and i had a yz80 and now i have a yz125, and i can say i like my yami's over the suzuki's i had but my bro has a cr125 i like his bike too, in stock form i iddnt like it cause it was lacking lots of low-end and mid and it was too peaky, so we woke it up dropped 2 teeth on the rear sprocket went from a 52 to a 50 and gave it a pro circuit pipe, now i can say his bike rips, i dunno about th kawi's though ,i might actually be considering to get one in th future, i had their jet ski's and they are by far the best what woiuld you say?
 
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Originally posted by nephron
I don't know who's going where, but it seems Lusk is improving daily. The only thing holding him back, besides his occasional wild get offs, is his bike. Funny, I thought I heard him say something like he's got a "red" bike, referring to it from a power standpoint, as superior to others in the 250 class--and I felt like he was mainly aiming that at Kawasaki. Recently, looks like his bike is breaking every other race.
Actually Lusk has been held back in the Nationals because hes riding on a broken ankle. Definitely showing some toughness and now I'm hearing that Honda wants to keep Lusk on the team as well. I'm not sure where the room is but Honda "could" have a great team next year.

Originally posted by nephron
The only reason they haven't dominated BAJA lately is because, like Team Oreca in the American LeMans series (Vipers)--they pulled out several years ago because they had nothing else to prove.
Kawasaki pulled out of Baja racing because of the hazards involved in it and the unfortunate death of Danny Hamel, not because of there domination of the races.
 
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I hope Carmichael stays with kawasaki and does'nt sell out just for the big contract, besides not to many people stay with one bike.
 

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I am so exited that rc is going to honda, I love hondas but hate the way honda puts pressure on there riders. he is a fool to go to honda right after winning his 1st sx championship. I now honda wants to have a championship really bad but they also want to beat MC. rc going to honda will light a fire under MC's butt, cause he will want to beat honda more than anything. and I think Yogi will do better on a Kawi cause they are more forgiving, and that wil suit his riding stile. well that's my 2 cents anyway.;)
 
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yeah id like to see RC go to team factory honda too, they need a championship, i thought lusk was going to factory suzuki? where di you guys get that he is going to kawi? i heard e was going to team suzuki from dirt rider
 

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How about the rumor that Jeremy may be wearing green next year . . .:think
 

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McGrath on Green? Wha?

XrPredator said:
How about the rumor that Jeremy may be wearing green next year . . .
Is that a rumor that you heard or one you just started? :confused:
 

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I didn't make it up, but I also can't remember where I read it.

Makes things interesting, though, doesn't it?:think