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October 01, 2013 2:26 PM

Bradley is not sitting on the fence here.

I think like Bradly, everyone agrees that the incident on Sunday was a total accident and does not deserve any kind of penalty in itself.

The real issue and the reason why there has been so much talk about it is obviously Marquez's record combined with the 'out of control' way he has been riding the Honda, almost clipping the rider in front of him two or three times per race.

In my opinion being an aggressive rider does not mean being a dangerous rider, there is a difference. With Marquez unfortunately it's getting to a point in which he's starting to look like he could be a real danger to others. I don't think the safety commission can afford to ignore that, specially because if something like this happens again and a rider gets hurt, responsibility could lie more with them than with Marquez.

I didn't think at first there would be any penalty issued but now I'm not so sure.


October 01, 2013 4:32 PM

@ B. Andy

Race Direction are looking at MM's record clearly, cos the DP thing alone doesn't warrant attention. So 'pathetic' or not, this isn't Bradley's doing, he's just commenting on it when asked, & what he said makes sense.

There seems to be quite a bit of agreement here in the paddock about MM being a bit of a loose cannon too. Ok, you can cry foul, jealousy, or even under-handed tricks to try to say that MM being investigated is unfair if you like, but Race Direction ARE considering it serious enough to warrant this action, and it seems (I didn't know) that the other riders opinions on Marc's behaviour are being sought & could have some impact on the decision.

IMO, you just wanted to have a pop at Brad, & this gave you an 'excuse'. Pathetic.


October 08, 2013 10:44 AM

The CMO does make the decision as to their fitness to ride, but I agree that once that decision has been made the rider shoudl still make the final call.. When both JLo and DP rode injured they rode well within themselves.

I have said it before and will repeat it. If a top rider has a concern about another rider then he should have the means to communicate that concern. They are the experts and know far better than you or I will ever know. You can argue that it should all be done behind the scenes, and that the stewards must also take into account the conflict of interests.

If you look at any documentary/reports on accidents involving loss of life (Piper Alpha, Shuttles etc.) then it is almost always the case that someone knew that there was a serious problem, but the channels of communication didn't exist to get the information out in the open. The same principle applies to this life threatening activity.


October 07, 2013 9:13 PM

"The Chief Medical Officer has to pass any injured rider fit to race"
That's a cop out, my point stands that if a rider wants to take the moral high ground then he better walk the talk. No point saying how risky someone else is and then doing something that is extremely risky and puts other riders in harms way. These riders DO make the final decision on if they are going on the track, the CMO DOESNT force them out at gun point


October 06, 2013 9:52 PM
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You want to talk about putting other riders at risk for the sole purpose of staying in the hunt, how was JLo allowed to ride with a broken collarbone and a shoulder full of drugs. If he was on a construction site he would have been drug tested and sent home

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