BDubb106, on 21 May 2012 - 05:27 AM, said:
We know what you said and I stand by what I said but again... James came into his prime because there was no more GOAT to race against. Im one of the biggest JS fans in this forum next to TDosh lol, but he was never better than the GOAT. Beating him in a few races doesnt mean squat in terms of championships which he NEVER won against the GOAT. It would have been interesting in 2008 if RC would have kept racing, he was no where near past his prime IMO. No one will deny that James is one of the fastest ever to ride a MX bike at several points in his career.
Nobody was better than the "GOAT", who just happened to get on top in supercross when McGrath got older. That's the way it goes. Certain riders become the best for a few years and then there's someone else. Ricky had about 5, which was longer than most, something difficult to duplicate. Part of that I attribute to his health. He showed up to race and didn't really have quite as many nagging injuries as we seem to have today.
James and RC will both be known as legends in the sport, as will Chad Reed.
But if you look at the final statistics of their careers, then obviously, RC was better... better than anyone...
Does any of this really matter though, James just won two moto's. Nothing more. That may not be cause to start looking back in history...
Edited by mauricedorris, 21 May 2012 - 05:53 AM.