MotoGP » Ellison loses out after 'unsporting' protest

“If a 40-year-old coming towards the end of his career wants an additional one place GP finish on his CV so badly, then he's welcome to it”- Paul Bird.

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August 21, 2012 1:30 AM

What's truly funny is that a 40 year old that has only been on this bike twice is that close to your young rider on a bike he's ridden for over half a season. Pathetic Paul Bird, no wonder you no longer run the Kawasaki SBK team!

M1M - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 1:39 AM

Shameful behaviour by Rapp. Why don't they have blue flags in the US? As Lorenzo says, he wasn't fighting for position so his behaviour was inexcusahle. Edwards looked over his shoulder and behaved as an experienced professional racer should, moving over safely to let Lorenzo through. On a dangerously slippery track there was only one line through the infield and lorenzo couldn't afford the risk that Rapp would try to pull some stupid hero move to dice with him despite being a lap down. Someone suggested elsewhere that he might have thought that it was Ellison behind him but the bikes sound very different. Edwards heard OK. Was he so arrogant he thought he wouldn't be lapped at some point or had he just not bothered to "do the math".


August 21, 2012 1:57 AM
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My, yes, shameful. LOL! Jorge was 11 seconds back with a handfull of laps remaining, he wasn't even close to fighting for the win. Hell, if it wasn't for Spies engine grenade he wouldn't even have been 2nd. I like Lorenzo but this is the same kind of rant Stoner is often vilified for.

slimer - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 3:06 AM

foul bird 'laughed it off', bitterly!
nothing to do with age, it's about following the rules!
the point is a 40-yr old finished better than them, and they became bitter about!

Yamazuki - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 3:37 AM

I for one found it funny the resistance Rapp put on to Lorenzo lol maybe he thought it was Ellison or Yates o someone else, there were no blue flags so he can't tell...he sure got his 5 minutes of fame!! love to see him sliding that thing around, had to be honest, I think they both did reasonably ok given the short time and resources, qualifying within 107% with a factory team with a top rider on a homemade project, thats quite a feat in my eyes.

OlDirtyBrian - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 6:00 AM

As an American watching this race I was annoyed that Rapp didnt move over to let Lorenzo through. However, if other comments are correct and Rapp was never shown a blue flag then he did everything right and the blame falls to the corner workers and race control for not doing their jobs properly. Good on him for getting points in a MotoGP race with virtually no testing and budget that wouldn't even pay for the Yamaha hospitality tent.


August 21, 2012 7:37 AM

Without Blue Flags, how was Rapp to know it was Lorenzo behind him?

Also, rules is rules. Ellison cut the track and gained an advantage, yes, it wasn't intentional, but it happened. End of story.

:( - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 8:10 AM

poor rapp no blue flags so he should fight for his spot.
this shows again we need proper trained ever paid marshalls because in the end it was there fault for this situation.
rapp's protest was justified

roadking03 - Unregistered

August 21, 2012 8:11 AM

My hats off to Ellison for staying in the race and making up 20 seconds to the final end of the race...With the lap times he was putting in, he would of passed Rapp by the end of the race without cutting the corner...and just so you know I am american....
Hope you get the gearbox issue corrected...

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