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PBM 'smile' at Ellison penalty

Team manager Paul Bird laughed it off: "I had to smile when I heard about the protest from Steve Rapp and his team, 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 and it probably makes them feel a little bit better for not even qualifying at Laguna Seca."

Rapp also faced post-race criticism from MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo, who lost time while lapping the American.

"It was was really difficult to pass him because he was riding like he was defending first position," said Lorenzo.

"So every time I tried to pass him, [in my mind] I saw me touching him and crashing, so I preferred to wait a little bit more. But I still had to take a little risk to pass him in the end.

"I think the blue flag wasn't in any corner, so it's unbelievable. We have to solve this because it's very bad for the riders who are fighting for the podium, no?"

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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".

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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