Well, it’s official: Bubbsy is Suzuki now. More importantly, he’s riding the same brand that I ride now, so all of a sudden I understand he is the most unstoppable force of athleticism and virility to ever grace this sport with his presence (just like Mike Alessi). Seriously, though, why do people root for riders based on the brand of bike they ride if they don’t actually have a vested interest in that brand’s success? Not important, these are just the things I think about.
I basically talked about all of this a couple of weeks ago when I pretty much knew this was happening because I’m such a boss. I am pretty sure you could literally paint a Yamaha yellow and call it a Suzuki and James would do better on the bike. I don’t buy it that the Yamaha was that bad, I just don’t. And I don’t like that bike, rode one and immediately hated it (perhaps due to the fact that it belonged to some 200lb guy who ran bars tall enough to lynch a, well, someone you’d lynch). But the JGR BROs are nerding it up in that race shop all day, every day; test tubes and animal experimentation and shit. They can make a bike work. But James didn’t think so, and that’s all that it took. To take a line from every terrible office manager that’s ever existed – whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right. Oh, what? That just happened; droppin’ bombs on your ass, again.
I guess Stewart is riding for pretty much nothing, at least this summer, but let’s be real, in the long run, it is going to be way more profitable. The JGR deal was one he made based on short term dollars and cents, since he already hated the Yamaha. Regardless of whether he really thought they could make the bike better, he was passing on a bike he liked for a bike he hated. Dollar dollar bills, y’all. But putting down results now is what he needs, so the cash can flow in down the line.
I’m leaving you all with this video because I swear to God this was the first thing I thought of when I saw the pic of that Suzuki: