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rxracer - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 9:59 PM

"This is for sure directed at Simoncelli and Iannone"

I think it's maybe the Hayden/Edwards/DeAngelis gravel trap incident. No doubt the Iannone headbutt helped prompt this letter, but MotoGP is far more high profile, and it involved a former WC. Ippolito mentioned 'champions'?. Some of you may not have noticed, but Dorna have been on the warpath censoring as many copies of the gravel trap incident as they possibly can from the various youtube styled sites,.

I dont like spreading stuff that could just be rumour, so let's just say Hayden MAY have gone a bit too far in his remarks to DeAngelis immediately after the crash. Colin's comments wouldn't have pleased Ippolito either.

mane - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 11:08 PM

Jeez, people. Use your brain and you will be enlightened.

This statement is not just about racing incidents, but about the UNSPORTSMANLIKE behaviour afterwards that is blowing up big in the media recently. So calm the eff down, this has good reason.
To be specific, this is directly following the remarks of Iannone after Misano when he not only headbutted Espargaro in the gravel, but also told the press afterwards that he would never touch Pol since "he disgusts me, as does his bike. Spaniards are like that."
It is probably also aimed at Simoncelli who is becoming a regular at bashing entire nations (Spain) and telling anyone who wants to hear it that everyone but himself is an unfair a**.

mane - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 11:15 PM

And while Colin's and Nicky's anger in Misano might have played a part in this, their statements didn't even level up with what Iannone did and definitely didn't produce such an enormous media (and sponsor) uproar that they had to issue an official apology like Iannone had to.
Considering that Spain holds a huge percentage of MotoGP fans, a massive media coverage and lots of Dorna officials, it's bordering on outright insanity to go ahead and insult the entire nation in the lowest way possible, just as Iannone did (and Simoncelli before him).

The RFME had already talked to the FIM after Misano and this statement is the result.
After all, this is not about racing, but about acting human.

Ron - Unregistered

September 30, 2009 8:11 AM

Your a bit late mate, you should have sorted rossie out all those years back when he took Sete out. You let him off because it was rossi so all the rest now think they can get away with it. Just look at the move put on Steve Plater in Sundays BSB Supersport race at least a correcting decision was made or should the other rider have been disqualified ? rossi has always been win at all cost and I think he has not helped the situation we have today. :-o

Julian Bond

September 30, 2009 8:12 AM

"After all, this is not about racing, but about acting human." Really? I thought it was about excessive use of the sponsor's energy drinks and riders going into "Agnostic Trances" as a result!

Bring it on. The fans want to see more gravel trap head-butting incidents.

Al - Unregistered

September 30, 2009 10:26 AM

"Ippolito was under a rock for the last 2-3 years now it's time for elections and he doesn't shut up with a comment almost every day!"

I think someone is getting confused between the FIA and FIM... it's the FIA elections just coming up, the FIM aren't until next october (by which time any letter will have been all but forgotten about)

Hedgeholer - Unregistered

September 30, 2009 1:25 PM

Its not about racing - if it was it'd be straightforward to sort .. Race bans& points transfers from offender to victim (exactly how is just detail) its about lack of will.

The issue, as pointed at earlier, is its big corporate business. And don't get too hung up on that - How many teams have gone down this year because sponsorship dried up? Its the lifeblood of racing now. Accept it.

The important thing is to limit how deep into nanny-state the censorship being pressed for here goes.

Edwards comments made me cringe at the time. They fit several members of the paddocks well. But I met an Italian once who wasn't a Jackass. And there's a fair few non-Italians who are that & more.

Steve Howarth

September 30, 2009 2:59 PM

Vito is a business man not a racer, I doubt he has the slightest idea how a racers mind works.
some of the comments on here are spot on "cold corporate hand" "re-election time" Well Vito, my advice is this, take a look at how politics has ruined F1, don't make threats to the riders because they have choices, other championships. You change the rules every year and this is what you have made, competetive racing, why act so surprised? it's your rules they race to.

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