RC to Honda?

Seth_88

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I was watching the SX today on TV, and David Bailey said RC had already ridden a CR(Lusk's) and liked it. I bet Kawasaki was not thrilled with that. I thought that him going to Honda was just a rumor -seems to be more serious according to Bailey.

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Reportedly Honda has offered 1.7. I don't see Team Green letting him. Especially with Chevrolet behind, they have the potential to match whatever offer is out there. Rumor has it that he will go to KTM.
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I thought that was good for a few laughs.

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I heard that Hondas offer was around 6 million dollars for 3 years. We shall see in time what happens here.

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I was kinda suprised to hear them sreading that rumor on National TV too, but maybe it's not a rumor but a fact that won't be announced til after the season is over. I would like to see RC ride green next year (I'd really like to see him ride blue but I don't think that's going to happen)and you hear a lot of people talking about loyalty, but RC is a business man and has to do what is best for RC in the future. And maybe that is the money, advertising, R&D, promotion and everything else I'm sure Honda is offering. I'm sure Kawy can match the money part of it, but Honda is a more dominating factor in racing and in stature as a company. We'll have to wait and see what happens but I'll be happy to watch RC racing on any brand of bike.

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Yabonwick, he shoud go to KTM, he already wears the colors.

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Ohh wouldn't that be super duper cool.

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I was real surprised that RC rode LUSK'S bike, I mean, I know they're friends from way back, but I don't think Honda should take risks like that if they're not sure he's going to switch over. I dunno, maybe I'm wrong, but I just think it's strange.

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Of course I would like to see RC go blue too... but seriously - I really hope he stays a green pilot. Kawasaki has worked well for him over the past years (he has some kind of pro title each year for the past 5 years) so why should he change? If it's about money - I'm sure Kawi and RC can work something out. I think RC will stay loyal to team green.

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If Kawasaki let's him get away, it will be as bad as Honda letting McGrath go. Who ever has him riding for them is going to have championships, so I guess it will be who ever wants cough up the cash.

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Think about this though. Yogi goes red and has problems, K-dub goes red and has problems. I really think the added pressure that Honda places on it's riders can crack those not ready for that type of situation and are only jumping for the dollar. There is more to life than the money and being happy can more often than not IMPROVE performance.

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Very true Patman, and sometimes you gotta dance with the one that brung ya. And brand loyalty can have its benefits long term also, after the racing career is over. Just ask DeCoster, after winning all his titles on Zook, he now has a good career running thier race program. RC & Kawasaki obviously work well together, why change a good combination? Chasing that dollar sign sometimes isn't the right decision.
 
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Patman-I'd say that the best years of Lusk's carreer have came on a red bike. And KW, well...his results on a Suzuki seem about the same as ever. maybe if all of us KTM riders poll our own moeny and give it to KTm they could afford to bid on RC. That would be wonderful.

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Originally posted by IDkTm:
. . . I'd say that the best years of Lusk's carreer have came on a red bike . . .
I have to disagree, IDkTm. I think Lusk's best years (and KW's) were on Yamahas.

I would almost bet we see little Ricky on a CR next year. Honda is going to do all they can to beat McGrath, and hiring someone who's done it is the first step. I also think RC going to the Red Riders would be that much more motivation for MC, who will always want to beat Honda.

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#15
Didn`t RC refuse to honor the contract he had with Team Splitfire and THOR clothing a few years ago because FOX offered him more money to wear their clothes.

Loyality didn`t look to be one of RC`s strong points then , still might not be.



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