WSBK » Melandri, Laverty slam decision to race on


Marco Melandri, Eugene Laverty and Yamaha team manager Andrea Dosoli express their dissatisfaction that rider safety was risked during the wet second race at the Nurburgring.

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LynnR6 - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 12:20 PM

Its a dangerous enough sport in the dry and im just glad no one was badly injured.
Light rain fair do's but this was just treacherous and should of been stopped way before the 2 thirds mark.

Ben1 - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:25 PM

The rain was spectacular but the race itself was boring after some laps (huge gaps between the riders) I don't know the reason why the officials didn't stop it. Dosoli is right, they should stop it at lap 11, when the conditions became worse and everybody fell. Maybe this could give the win to Haga, he was the biggest loser of the official's decision.

Deano - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:32 PM

Marco is exactly right - the organisers pay lip service to 'rider safety' until it begins to threaten their tv slot. At that point the safety aspect drops well down the order of priorities, which is topped by the need to get a result and finish the programme at all costs.
What a bunch of hypocrites

realfan - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 1:41 PM

Absolutely rediculous decision to keep going as long as they did !!! Race officials just didn't have the balls to make a big decision when it was really needed, lucky for them nobody was seriously hurt or worse due to their inability to do their job properly.

rockingrodders - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 4:04 PM

Admittedly the race officials probably got it wrong and the race should have been stopped much earlier from where I was sitting in my armchair. But there was nothing stopping these riders pulling in if they didn't feel safe in the conditions as they were.

. - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 4:36 PM

hmmm well you would say that when you had your ass handed to you.
Haga i feel for brilliant to see him back at the front. And Jonny R dont let the fact your injured havnt rode for god knows how long and your on a pile of sh.t just come back and run straight at the sharp end. TALENT

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

September 05, 2011 9:30 PM

It was a very poor decision by the officials - or more accurately a lack of decision.

It was obvious that the race needed to be stopped.

Unfortunately we have had very bad decisions in the past when WSB visited Germany - anyone else remember when Colin Edwards had to grab an oil flag off off a motionless marshall?

Does WSB have full-time race officials who follow the series around the world? If not it probably needs a permanent Race Director.

SuperSykes - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 9:21 AM

It is often said that the most dangerous part of any race is the start. Having seen countless riders stall on the grid and either get hit or narrowly avoid it.

This is a large part of the reason why organisers try to get to 2/3 distance. If they stop the race before this, they must have a restart of some kind. The chap that said stop it after lap 11 and give Nori the win, this could never happen as a restart would have to take place be it aggregate or mini sprint race.

Unfortunately, things like TV schedules etc get in the way. Further down the scale at multiple race series, BSB, club racing etc are also restricted with track closing times due to noise etc but I agree rider safety is paramount, hence why BSB was cancelled at Oulton when it pi$$ed down!

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