Ironically, as Fogarty had already clinched the title, he did not need to win the race. They were thinking about that. Alexander Thomas "Alex" Lowes is an English motorcycle racer. You wish that racing could go on forever,” reflected Slight. Name Aaron Slight. 24 Hours of Spa - Raffaele Marciello interview and lap. Unreliability held him back that year but he has no regrets about how his career unfolded. Date of Birth 19 January, 1966. ‡ – Guest driver – Not eligible for points. The four-stroke technology was coming through the Superbike and they transferred that into MotoGP. He would spend much of that year recovering from a very badly injured hand. In 1988 he left New Zealand to race with the Super Angel Team in Japan with little success. After a long career in MotoGP, for 2006 he moved to the Superbike World Championship. The toughest thing was probably what was said between the riders. We had six different ratios for every gear and primary drives. Five wins in 1998 offered Slight’s best chance of finally ending his championship voodoo but ultimately he came up just short. Aaron Slight – motorcycle racing genius. The four-stroke technology was coming through the Superbike and they transferred that into MotoGP. I got knocked off by a guy I was lapping twice. Aaron Slight has to be New Zealand’s most successful international motorcycle road racer. The move from Muzzy Kawasaki to Castrol Honda certainly felt like a career changer, but at one point it felt like a career breaker. Aaron went on to race British touring cars with some success before returning home to Masterton where he manages various property and business interests. Polen was a dominant national and world champion road racer in the late 1980s and early 1990s, culminating with his Superbike world championships in 1991 and 1992. He has raced extensively in Japanese and International championships. If you disable this cookie, we will not be able to save your preferences. While Foggy was racking up the titles and wins, Slight was constantly left feeling the hardship of lady luck. “I love cars and I love car racing, but it wasn’t the same as racing in bikes. It was tough at the time. Then you’re at Phillip Island and Brands where Shakey turns up and beats you!  For many years he was the only rider to win the Suzuka 8 Hours race for three consecutive years, having done so in 1993–1995. Finishing that way was sour at the time. All the factories were there and they were spending money.”, It was V-twins versus four-cylinders and it was hard work for us. , In 1998 he was second to Carl Fogarty by 5.5 points (half points having been awarded in the shortened Laguna Seca race 1), only missing the title due to mishaps such as a last-lap engine failure at Monza, a last-lap incident with back-marker Jean-Marc Deletang at Philip Island, and missing race 2 at Laguna Seca due to a startline pileup on the aborted attempt to restart the first race. If you pinpointed something they would make it. “When I was racing there weren’t just five or six riders that could win. How do you judge success? It would piss you off. Doug was four seconds off. Both Wayne's sons, Remy and Luca, are racing motorcycles like their father. We’d do everything with the gearbox. He’s had a whole change in attitude. Find everything in one place on Aaron Slight including their biography, latest news and updates, high resolution photos, high quality videos and expert analysis Then you go to Laguna and the Americans would be going quick. “If you doubted yourself, you wouldn’t have been there. Grand Prix was always the pinnacle, but there were riders far more willing to go to WorldSBK to make a living. Aaron competed in 229 World Superbike races and has stood on the World Superbike podium 87 times. Aaron Tony Slight was born January 19, 1966 in Masterton, New Zealand. Instead it was his teammate, Colin Edwards, that would claim his first title. Eddie Lawson is an American former four-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. It made it even better. With any bike when you get horsepower you get loads of other problems. Your email address will not be published. He raced successfully in AMA Superbike, Japanese Superbike Championship, Superbike World Championship and endurance racing. We put it on the dyno and our twin had the same horsepower but 30 percent more torque. There are no consequences compared to bikes. Stats. My decision was made for me [being replaced by Honda in 2001 having overcome a brain injury] in a way it and was a compulsory way of retiring. You’d go to Japan and they’d have the same machinery as you but they were on their track. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Aaron Tony Slight MNZM (born 19 January 1966) is a New Zealand former professional motorcycle road racer.He competed in the Superbike World Championships from 1988 to 2000, finishing second in the championship twice and third four times. Nach den ersten Siegen und dem Meistertitel in der neuseeländischen 250-cm³-Meisterschaft auf Yamaha wechselte Aaron Slight 1988 in den Profi … Troy Gordon Corser is an Australian former professional motorcycle road racer. View the profiles of people named Aaron Slight. You can’t be a c**t half your life and expect everyone to get on great. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. He missed the start of the season in 2000 and then made his final appearance in the Opening Round of the 2001 American Superbike Championship at Daytona Speedway. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. From Masterton to Monaco on a motorbike is a long tough ride. If you meant it, you said it or you didn’t say it at all. Copyright © 2012 - Motorcycling New Zealand Inc Despite this, the 54 year old has no regrets. In car racing you go flat out until you go over the edge and put it in the fence. I won five races compared to Carl winning three but he won the championship. He currently competes in the Superbike World Championship with a Yamaha YZF-R1. Unable to add item to List. Winning a championship would have capped it off but I’m not going to get into my grave wishing I had won it. He won his first WSB race during the 1992 season on a Kawasaki for Team Moving Kawasaki. Those years are what made Superbikes great. Moving to Australia with his own Yamaha TZR250, gathering valuable experience. He did not win a race in 1999; he crossed the line first in race 1 at Hockenheimring after passing Carl Fogarty on the last lap, but a red flag has been shown due to an incident elsewhere on the track, so the results were taken a lap back.
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