Yates Freaking Out at Daytona

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In case you missed it, Saturday at the Daytona 200 Superbike race in the closing laps of the race Aaron Yates was trying to catch Mladin when he passed a lap rider a little too closely and the bikes locked together and they went down together. Yates jumps up and starts freaking out and runs over to the other rider and does a flying drop kick on the guy’s chest (while in full gear, wow). He then walks away and turns and runs back to attack the guy again and headbutts the guy, but they both had helmets on, so the effect was minimal. Normally he's a pretty mellow guy, but I guess he is pretty serious about this season.
 
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Yeah, I watched the scuffle through my binocolurs (SP?) from the grand stand. Apparently, Fania Jr. 's dad is going to press charges and sue Yates. I went to a bike race and a WWF match broke out! :)
 

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Think of the potential consequences if Fania had a spine injury from the crash as Yates drop kicks him. I hope he get's what's coming to him and more.
 

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Yates acted like a 2nd grader on the playground stomping his feet and all. If he was really good, he would have passed the guy without incident.
 

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The shot that I saw on Speed looked like Goon riding on Yates part to me. I don't know why he would try to pass Fania on the outside of that corner? But then again, Speed didn't show what lead up to that corner, there could have been more lappers there then Fania that I saw.

Timr, what did you see? Was there more than those 2 in that coner, is that why Yates went to the the outside? He normanly doesn't make idiotic moves like that. I can't believe he thought it was Fanias fault :flame:

They better be glad they don't have to deal with Steve Whitelock :moon:
 

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Says he is sorry

caught this at cyclenews online


He's Sorry 3/8/2004

The following is from Aaron Yates...


Racing has extreme highs and extreme lows. It almost seems like there's no in-between when you race at the level that I do. For me, after racing 170 grueling miles, I realized that I had a chance to win the race.

With about eight laps to go, I came up on some lapped riders. I set up to pass, using the same racing line that I'd been using on this part of the track all day - in both the 200 and in the 600 SuperSport race.

I came through on the brakes on the outside and in my peripheral vision I saw a rider stand his bike up. So I got on the brakes harder and stood my bike up a bit to give him some room. But I was running out of racetrack.

We went down and were sliding toward the wall and I was honestly thinking that I was going to break both of my legs. Thankfully, the impact was softer than I'd anticipated. I got up thinking that I'd raced 49 laps with eight left to go and a second-place finish in the Daytona 200 was down the drain.

I couldn't believe that this was actually happening. But I never had any intention of hurting anyone. The last thing that I want is for people to get hurt at the track. This is not the way that I wanted to look back on Daytona '04. And this is definitely not what I want the race fans to think of when they think of me.

I'm just so sorry that the whole incident ever happened. And I'm sorry if my actions offended or disappointed anyone.

Aaron Yates




Sucking up to the AMA may work. Not good enough in my opinion. :|
 

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Wraith said:
Timr, what did you see? Was there more than those 2 in that coner, is that why Yates went to the the outside? He normanly doesn't make idiotic moves like that. I can't believe he thought it was Fanias fault :flame:

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Yates and Fania were the only two in the corner at the time, as best as I can remember. Yates said he took his usual line, but he should've gone up the inside of a lapper who was being shown the lap traffic flag.
 

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No direct apology to Fania. Nothing more than a weasels attempt to soften any potential penalty.
 

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He sounds sorry alright... sorry that he crashed BEFORE finishing the race. :|
 
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I just read on the Cycle News website that Suzuki is fining Yates $25,000. I haven't heard any more about what the AMA plans to do though.
 

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That's what the average TV viewer wants to see.
I don't think sponsors want to see that.

Suzuki should just bench his butt for the season if not permenantly. Uncalled for, un-sportsman like, disgraceful, and all on LIVE TV. Motorcycle racing does not need to have this loonicy. The sport already suffers from a lack of mainstream support and this escapade does nothing to help. If the other rider had been injured in the crash and then Yates doing is WWF move on him could have paralysed or even KILLED the other rider for what? A win? Is anyone's life worth a win in any racing event?
 
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dirty~d~ said:
He sounds sorry alright... sorry that he crashed BEFORE finishing the race. :|
My thoughts exactly when I read that apology. Kind of a sorry that I got caught on camera.
 
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Yeah that sucks!
.Reminds me of Tony Stewart from NASCAR. CRy babies really. I hear alot about "intensity" but come on. An accident is an accident. If you aint ready to have a bad day racing, you shouldnt race! I know alot about that end of things!