MotoGP » Pressure increases on Australian GP date change

The Australian Grand Prix could be moved from Phillip Island, or scrapped altogether, if a solution to a proposed date change is not found.

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dbz272 - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 11:30 AM

Just watched 2001 PI race (on One HD in Aus). Now i remember what gets me to the Island every year with a sense of excitement and expectation. The 2001 race ended with VR taking Biatchi over Lukeys and into MG on the last lap and holding it to the line by a half a wheel. Less than a second behind was Loris and the first nine bikes were covered by less than 3 seconds. There were multiple overtaking moves almost every lap of the race, fierce, tyre smoking slides, huge slip stream passes on the straight and continuous, incredible, bar to bar racing. The atmosphere in the crowd was something my words wont do justice. To me, these are the trade marks, the emotion generating spectacle that MotoGP has meant since watching Gardener 'ride his a55 off' in the first PI Gp many years ago. As enjoyable as watching the elite is now, it seems the days of these races have passed. The races are faster, safer, and clearly still a joy to watch. What to do? I dont know. I do know the argument about the

dbz272 - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 11:37 AM

weather/calender seems divisive and insignificant when compared to the reality that we have lost much of the pure racing element of MotoGp. I also know that, as long as it remains there, any time of year, i will be at the Island, rain, hail or shine, in the hope that i may witness again the white knuckle, adrenalin pumping action that we had in the past...

cyclopathic - Unregistered

February 17, 2011 2:23 PM

@ RawDawg, re: PI is on the coast - there will always be a chance of rain, there will be high winds, sea gulls, and sand on the track. Stoner says there are only a few people complaining about the weather in an article on MCN and that in March the weather can be just as bad.

didnt you read: safety commission lead by Rossi?

The Truth - Unregistered

February 18, 2011 1:37 AM

didnt you read: safety commission lead by Rossi?
Posted by cyclopathic - Unregistered (11 hours ago)

YES, with all riders are members, including your GREATEST TALENTS OF EVER EVER BEST RIDER casey stoner.
Who won consecutively there since 2007.
Just to remind you, when hearing meeting between the riders (as a safety commision) and dorna in misano after tomizawa tragedy. VR said, after I hear what casey's opinion (in the hearing), is more and less same with other riders, and NOT as quoted in newspaper.

Ducati Dave

February 18, 2011 4:07 AM
Last Edited 1815 days ago

I have been to Superbikes in March, and believe me, it is anything but warm and dry when that cold south wind whips in off the sea at Siberia.

They should be talking November or February if they want holiday togs.

Hmmm, now there's a nice thought, MotoGP up and off in February and none of this waiting waiting waiting.


February 18, 2011 8:15 AM

All this who ha, is just a storm in a teacup, lol.
Love Moto Gp more than anything, but after you watch the guys go flat out around the IOM, you can't help but think, compared to them the Moto GP guys are pussies.


Sam - Unregistered

February 20, 2011 5:15 AM

They should only give it to countries that contribute to motor cycle racing. Why has Germany, England, France, Portugal, Qatar, Malaysia and god knows where else got a race. Australia has only contributed Kell Caruthers, Mick Doohan, Daryl Beatie, Troy Bayliss, Wayne Gardener oh and Casey Stoner. With the exception of Doohan they all did the hard slog around the European tracks going up through the ranks. Gardener was sleeping in the back of a van while the locals were tucked up in bed.

Now those locals are complaining about some wind and rain and want to take the race away if its not moved to a more comfortable time. This is exactly what you'd expect from lazy and selfish people.

ExPat Pat. - Unregistered

February 20, 2011 11:57 AM

Junky, it just amazes me to hear people say that! Just as a motgp rider couldn't just jump on the tt course and rip up the tarmac, the same can be said for the tt rider on a track. They're different and that's just how it is! You've been on this site for a while and I don't know what drives people to say these things, but I suspect if you'd had a fellow countryman with some recent success in the series, then you'd change your mind!

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