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Whined on Spectrum Twitter feed and they parachuted a tech right into my living room. Scared the crap out of me. Or maybe they immediately ran a quick check and said nothing wrong but try this stream link. Did have to reactivate TV NBCSN sub though. Think that's at least 6 times on same TV. Maybe you have to do t every time you se their stream? IDK but it's rocking & rolling now.
 

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Haven't watched any of the qualifying action, but I'm ready for some main events.

It's the only racing of the day for me after USAC sprints and WoO late models were rained out.
 
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That was a ho-hum 250 main. Nichols applied a little pressure but couldn't get close enough. No battles in the top 7 or 8 with separation between all riders.

Was that Rutledge Wood I heard ask Ricky a question during the race? NBC sent him here? LOL.
 

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Stream is working fine. Only issue is you can't rewind. No biggie. After scrolling thru the memory bank I think I watched this way in mid January. Whoops! Forggotaboutit.
 

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Very sound ride from Webb. He went and took the victory. Roczen managing the championship well by staying in second. Tomac just can't get the starts this year, and that is going to have to change if he wants to challenge for wins and the title.
 

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Tomac just can't get the starts this year, and that is going to have to change if he wants to challenge for wins and the title.
Eli has always been inconsistent at the start gate, and also prone to disastrous DNF's from time to time. What seems different to me is, he seems to have less of his raw speed advantage over the field. I mean, I recall him regularly getting away in 10th or 15th, and then driving through the field to win or finish on the podium (or crash trying).

There's more parity now. Roczen is healthy for the first time in some years. Webb is healthy, unlike last year. Several others seem to have stepped up. And maybe Tomac has slowed a bit... and gained in the area of consistency...:idunno:

Tonight was a strong win for Webb. On a track that allowed passing (unlike Indy), Webb seized the lead and kept it, never allowing Roczen to get back to him. If he can do more of that, we might have a three way battle - red, green, and orange. There is a long long way to go.
 

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Tomac is certainly the kind of talent who could go on a tear and make me look foolish, but I'm not seeing it with him this year. I agree that he doesn't have the raw pace advantage he has had in the past. His only win so far was the one time he's come out of the gates in front.

Webb is now closer to Roczen in points than Tomac is to Webb. I think the race is between Roczen and Webb unless they get hurt. I'm pulling for Tomac to bust out and prove me wrong, but ultimately I'm pulling for Roczen to claim the championship. I really respect Webb's determination though. He does more with less raw speed than anyone.
 

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I find discussion about how someone isn't "up to their normal speed" interesting. If you go faaaast and crash, reckless. Should have slowed down. If you ride consistently, like Dungey did, you aren't very exciting. Fickle much? I see people complaining about guys crashing their dirtbikes riding at INSANE speeds. Do you even lif bro? I was a HUGE Stewart fan. Just think how many championships he/Reed would have won if Reed hadn't decided to knock James down every chance he got? Reed is/was a huge douchebag. It's an Australian thing. They think that's admirable.
 

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That main event clarified things. Yeah, Webb is Roczen's competition, and it's going to be tight because of how savvy Webb is and how good he is on starts.

Tomac gets not a great start, but much better than Roczen, and still fades late, getting passed by him and Anderson. It's not disrespectful to Tomac to say he doesn't have the same pace this year. It's just reality.
 

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Musquin is finally back where he used to be expected to run.

Every time Ciancirulo is leading or close, I know he's going down, it's just a matter of when. He seems to have to push too hard to sustain the pace of the leaders. Pretty similar to Savagty on the Kawi before him.
 

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That main event clarified things. Yeah, Webb is Roczen's competition, and it's going to be tight because of how savvy Webb is and how good he is on starts.
With nine rounds to go... more than half of the season... my crystal ball is still clouded by dust, mud, fierce competition, and ample opportunities for DNFs and/or injuries. And we shouldn't forget the very flat points scale either, which has kept Tomac pretty close so far. It's too early to write a guy like Eli Tomac out of the script.

I didn't see the race tonight, being stuck with no cable nor useful internet for streaming. Maybe there will be an encore broadcast on Tuesday. Maybe my service will be restored by Tuesday???

Even without seeing the race, I know a back-to-back in Orlando does not a championship make.

[And I *still* think Roger De Coster has whispered in Justin Barcia's ear with some very stern words. Barcia seems rejuvenated in 2021.]
 

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I've been a Tomac fan for years, so me "writing him off" is partly done in fun and partly in disappointment. The reason tonight could be read as more definitive than a typical race is that Tomac was in much better position on laps 1 and 2 than Roczen (and Anderson), experienced no real trouble during the race, but got passed and left by both of them. It's the first time I can recall Tomac fading that much in the second half of a race when it wasn't following an identifiable problem.

Something has to change in a big way for him to regain his form. Maybe the always unpredictable Daytona is it.

Tonight's track was another tight one without a lot of passing opportunities. It's always kind of a bummer to watch a situation such as the one with Barcia, Tomac, and Roczen riding in that order like a train for 10 minutes, when Tomac was obviously faster (at the time) than Barcia, and Roczen was obviously faster than both of them.
 
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