really? I never saw those in SP
Not sure about sp but mp it happens every time I try take the bastard down just before I realise that I'm going faster than he is and get shot down when I over take him.
I shoot em down all the time i havent seen any flares...
BTW, just dont accelerate when you're up against the AI Lazer, they have auto-aim machine guns and as soon as you're within range you're screwed.
Just slow down and keep your eye on him, circle him and get behind him and then shoot the bastard down with the machine guns or missiles or whatever you preffer.