WSBK » WSBK boss responds to wet weather criticism

Javier Alonso: We accept constructive criticism, but not senseless ones. Melandri has never come to us to talk about safety, the only one that has, has been Carlos Checa...

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July 26, 2013 11:04 AM

No you can't criticise the organizers. Nor can the organizers criticise Melandri.

It's not up to riders in the previous race to complain about the conditions, it was up to the riders in the WSS race to complain about conditions after the sighting lap. If they thought it was too dangerous they should have said so. As far as we know none of them did.

So the WSS riders didn't think it was too dangerous to race. Races have been held in similar conditions countless times before. It was a tragic accident, nothing more nothing less. Trying to apportion blame is pointless and will achieve nothing. The problem is of course that these days (driven largely by the news media) people want somebody to blame every time somebody dies, but sometimes nobody is to blame. Accidents happen.


July 26, 2013 7:57 PM

for those paying attention, the super bad conditions were during the SBK race. it was not like that when the SS race started. if anything, I would've YES called time on WSBK when the skies opened as melandri wanted. I would've granted his wish so fast he'd a thought I was "genie in a bottle".

however (comma) once the rain tapered down, I would've called the SS race to the grid (albeit declared wet) at their scheduled time just the same, so unfortunately nothing would've changed in that regard.


July 26, 2013 8:02 PM
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re: "I for one thing the wheel changes in the first race were about as lame as it gets for racing. same bike, be lucky to get a good setup for the wet, having to worry if one of the guys will mess up and waste 10+ seconds. Lame."

and here it is, another practical argument for having 2 bikes.

I think we're about to finally get a "welcome" rule change for once. stay tuned.


July 26, 2013 10:50 PM

@shamarone you'd have called time on the SBK race? In other words you'd have pissed on Melandri's bonfire. If you'd called time when the conditions first got bad then Melandri wouldn't have been the winner.

And that gives the lie to Melandri's moaning. The conditions were just fine for him to win, but even when they'd (slightly) improved by the time WSS started they were too dangerous? Makes no sense at all. If the WSS race should have been postponed or cancelled then the WSB race should have been abandoned. He can't have it both ways.

He just started shouting to try to look like a good guy to Italian fans. Cynical and pathetic of him really to try to improve his image out of a tragedy. Like the organizers said, if he had a problem with the conditions he should have complained at the time not hours later. I'd have had more respect for him had he put his hand up during the WSB race or said he thought it was too dangerous for the WSS riders before their race started. As it is it's just


July 30, 2013 10:44 PM

Firstly, nobody HAS to race and secondly, when organisers have cancelled racing, (or shorten races with lower points for that matter last year that is why Sykes lost the championship) they are criticized too.

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