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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


October 03, 2013 5:23 PM

I dont think they are whiningor poor sports - someone asked them what they think and the answered it. end of.

its being whipped up as 'whining' to make a story - MM is respected by everyone in the paddock and i dont think anyone dislikes him. I think they would just feel safer if he cooled his jets a little as some of what he does isnt necessary.

PS I know the score too.


October 03, 2013 3:33 PM

@ bigmart

'Maturity' is probably the best word and well put. The word I should have used.

I echo your sentiments. MM clearly has the ability, and he has the package under him that makes the more marginal moves he makes wholly unnecessary.

He has the time, the pace and the equipment to make his moves cleaner IMO. It would be much better if he matured as a racer and went on to a great career rather than be a shining star who burned brightly for a short period and then extinguished himself (and/or someone else).

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