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Just watched the japanese mx natl's..wow

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I dunno if it was the camera work or if they are really that far off the pace of the ama natl's but holy cow it was like watching the B class at your local track...from what i got from it any of our top 30 guys could go over there and compete if not win...i was just surprised by it really, maybe its just me but watching this makes me realize just how good our guys really are :):lol:

Did anyone else notice this? heres a link

http://motocrossactionmag.com/Main/News/SEE-IT-NOW-HOW-AKIRA-NARITA-WON-THE-2011-ALLJAPAN-8439.aspx

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I think they are on a gnarly slick track, that doesnt help. but yeah, that video made them look slow.

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Pause the video at 2:58 it looks like they used a horse jockey for a flag man!

Back on topic the track in the video was definitely slick so its kind of hard to judge them.

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From watching the MX de Nations i can say that the US mx riders are quicker than most, the deep pockets and rider pool brings out the best.

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There's a reason why Kyle Lewis went over to Japan and won the Japanese national championship when he was hard pressed to break the top 20 in the US.

Granted, there are some very good Japanese riders, Narita raced in the US for a little while and did alright.

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Track definitely looked slick, but I also see what you mean be being slow. I suck at corners and it looked like I could run the pace. AMA's top 10 could goon ride and easily make the box.

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There's a reason why Kyle Lewis went over to Japan and won the Japanese national championship when he was hard pressed to break the top 20 in the US.

Granted, there are some very good Japanese riders, Narita raced in the US for a little while and did alright.

kyle lewis hard pressed to break the top 20?!?! are you kidding me!!!! he finished 4th in the points in 2001(i think 2001)...podiumed a few times. granted the last couple years he was a little slower, but he was still a 10-14th guy..

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Even though they've made the bikes for years, motocross it seems, is relatively new in Japan as a professional sport. I've seen some Japanese enduro videos that looked more like the Keystone Cops than a bike race too.

They've turned out some really good (and a couple of great) road racers through the years, so it's probably a matter of time before they get better on the dirt too.

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i agree that the U.S. has a way deeper talent pool. just look at the MX of Nations. Some guys were getting lapped in the first few minutes of the race.

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