WSBK » Melandri: We could have been killed

Yamaha's Melandri doesn't hold back in an interview immediately after the second World Superbike race at the Nurburgring.

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September 06, 2011 9:16 AM

It's up to the riders to race in whatever conditions prevail, if a rider thinks it's too dangerous they can either ride slower and get off the racing line, or come into the pits. This race was certainly pretty wet, but not outrageous, I've seen worse. Unfortunately we live in an age where even hard passes now result in riders being disciplined. Bike racing is dangerous, but that is part of its excitement as it separates those who have courage from those who haven't. Don't let the Waffen Health and Safety executive get their hands on racing!

badarse - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 9:16 AM

Got my vote. I,am sure a few years back the riders could stop the race by raising thier hands. Never thought any rider abuses this so it should be reinstated. Max might. Any way they no the conditions and i dont like to see guys going down in such crap coditions.Hope no one was hurt.

ja - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 9:17 AM

AGREE, it was crazy conditions to be racing motorbikes in for if it was F1 they wouldn't have even started but these are men that ride motorbikes in motorsport, but no one says that you have to continue in the race if you have had enough head for the pits


September 06, 2011 9:37 AM

Anyone saying the race shouldn't have been stopped needs to put themselves in the riders position NOT the spectators/viewers.
Marco has exaggerated a bit by saying they could have got killed. They were riding so slow at worse they'd just slide off the track.
It was bad but NOT life threatening

190mph - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 9:40 AM

I didn't realise this was the World Summer Bikes championship i thought it was World Superbikes - a year long championship where weather conditions can vary.

Tom Sykes didn't seem too upset at the race continuing and even says that as the standing water increased so did his pace allowing him to pull away from Guintoli.

The Liberty boys seemed pretty pleased with their podiums - would that of happened if the race was dry? I heard that wet races are a great leveler and allow those without the best machinery to shine, how can this happen if wet races aren't allowed to procede?

SeanZX10 - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 9:53 AM

I watched the race highlights on eurosport last night and the race should have been stopped at 1/3 distance when the rain really started to come down (before anyone crashed). In fact the start should have been delayed which would have been a better solution.

I'm all for racing, especially when the weather levels the playing field, but so many riders going down (aquaplaning) was surely an indicator of how bad it was. Rain is 1 thing, standing water in the braking zones is another. Personally I wouldn't would to ride a 'pegged-back' to say 180bhp (guess) sports bike near the limit, just to please the organisers/broadcasters etc. and I sure whilst a good spectacle the fans present would of agreed.

But hey-ho the winners (podium boys) will be happy, meanwhile I bet there are a few bruised riders & large repair bills this week.


September 06, 2011 10:04 AM

I could be wrong but I dont remember anybody called Rhino ever racing in WSBK so how would he know anything about the pace they go at in the wet. And anyhow it was propbaly lack of visibility that was dangerous,for example falling of at so called low speed and then getting hit by next rider who could'nt see fallen rider. Wake up the riders always know best....


September 06, 2011 10:11 AM

Thing is, this time last year we were all livid when they didn't stop the Moto 2 race after the truly awful loss of Shoya. Last year i said it was more to do with schedules on Eurosport because of there being WSB and GP on that weekend and needing to keep it tight.
Well another year but the exact same race weekend and a race that probably should have been stopped was not.
Do the schedules take priority over safety when we've got 2 lots of bike racing on in Europe? Looks like it.
Can be pretty sure the new owners will not have Euro wsb and gp races clashing if only for the fact they want to generate as much revenue as possible.

brendan - Unregistered

September 06, 2011 10:18 AM

firstly why do we go to this dump anymore? has(recent) history not shown us they have no idea how to marshall a race. remember 99? remember a crane on the track during F1 in 07? remember a random guy pushing michael back on the track in 03?

As for the race, it was stop 3-5 laps to late. uptil that point it was ok. there is alot of grip in heavy rain as they tyres do their job (hence little to no crashes), much more crashing in light greasy conditions. But there is a line when the track turns into a river and then the tyres can do what they are designed to do. The track went past that point and then people started crashing left right and centre. then it should of been stopped.

laverty's very early complaints werent correct, that was just heavy rain. thats ok. You know you will get that going to that part of the world. Later on he had reason to complain. Later on it was too much.

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