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October 29, 2015 3:29 AM

MotoGP » Repsol slams Rossi for ‘unacceptable conduct’

Ever since the race last weekend I must confess I've been struggling to understand the complex range of emotions I've experienced. I like VR, I respect MM, I've never been a big JL fan but he is undeniably a huge talent, I've warmed to Pedrosa over the years as he's matured. Post race I was angry. Angry at Valentino for letting his emotions take over, angry at him for inciting MM during the Thursday press conference. Most of all, though, angry at petulant MM for clearly baiting VR during the race, slashing past him repeatedly in a barely-controlled manner blatantly designed to work him up, which it clearly did. The post-race penalty, and Randy Mamola's stated reasons therefor, grated on me but I couldn't articulate why. Well, today I received a copy of Mark Neale's DVD film "Hitting the Apex". After watching it through twice, I now understand the reason for my discontent: the 3-point penalty on VR is, simply put, massively unfair and without precedent. I challenge any real, objecti


October 29, 2015 3:45 AM

MotoGP » Repsol slams Rossi for ‘unacceptable conduct’

(CRASH: IF YOU'RE GOING TO LIMIT POST LENGTHS, WHY DOESN'T YOUR SITE CUT US OFF INSTEAD OF LETTING US BLIGHTHLY TYPE ON, WITH THE REST OF THE POST LOST IN THE ETHER FOREVER???) ve fan of MotoGP to watch this DVD and deny that the penalty levied against VR was, at best, massively unfair. What the film reminded me of was that the protagonists in this current drama have all committed "crimes", in championship-affecting situations, that are worse than what happened last weekend. JL repeatedly contacting DP, and ultimately punting him off, in Valencia in 2013, with no penalty and everybody hugging and spraying each other with champagne post-race. MM nearly killing Cal Crutchlow and a passel of marshals after ignoring yellow flags, and being penalized a single point. Watch this film, and compare the repeated offenses of these hypocrites with the relatively minor consequences, and tell me VR's penalty was fair. It was not. It is a TRAVESTY. I was a fan of Mamola. I am no longer. We have a


October 06, 2015 7:47 PM

MotoGP » Lorenzo: I will race without problems

Jon464646: Adrenalin will remove any pain for JLo and Rossi so its a level playing field in my eyes. May the best rider win, and provide a great end to yet another fantastic Moto GP season :)
@Jon, I agree with your second comment 100%. Whoever wins this title will have earned it, no question. I think adrenaline will carry through maybe the first half of the race, at which point neither it not a painkilling shot will be of any more assistance. Assuming that it's business as usual and JL qualifies ahead of VR, then opens a gap in the first part of the race, it's going to be fascinating to see how it plays out and whether pain/fatigue has any impact.


October 01, 2015 3:16 PM

F1 » F1 moves for louder cars in 2016

It may be about the racing, but the sound is part of that experience. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn't consider it so, as I suspect they probably missed the golden years of racing. I wasn't around in the Fifties or Sixties, but I've attended vintage events for years and it's not because of the racing. Unless you're at an event like Goodwood you're not going to see much of that, but in addition to the glorious shapes I go for the aural treat of engines conceived before concerns for noise abatement or emissions. I'll never forget being out front of my hotel in Elkhart Lake a few years ago, and clearly being able to hear--and identify--a Ferrari F1 car by the sound it made, echoing across the water from over a mile away. It made my spine tingle and it quickened my walk to the car so I could get to the track, I can assure you. The new cars sound like flatulence in a bathtub, and anything they can do to improve that is welcomed in my book.

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