Edited by JHS, 16 May 2011 - 10:18 AM.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 10:07 AM
Posted 16 May 2011 - 05:09 PM
Yep. The penalty was silly and not at all proportionate to what happened. As far as I can tell it was a 50/50 racing incident, both of them could have handled it better (Simoncelli by not turning in so much, Pedrosa by backing out earlier and not getting into the corner 'hot' on the brakes like he was). In addition, I have not seen anything particularly over aggressive from Simoncelli, to justify putting in an official complaint about his riding to the FIM (as Lorenzo, Stoner and another have done during the weekend), and it seems that without that complaint maybe Marco would not have been penalised. Ironically enough, Lorenzo brought up the issue of Marco’s riding last weekend by referring to an incident which occurred in the final race of 2010, where it was in fact Lorenzo who made a mistake trying to overtake, and almost took Simoncelli out of the Grand Prix (see: and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-WQrZr-crE). As you say, many riders have done aggressive overtaking maneuverers (Rossi races harder than any of them), and so the penalty is not only disproportionate but also inconsistent.
It seems that Lorenzo and Stoner are forming a sort of alliance, most likely connected by their indifference and dislike of Rossi, and are ganging up on Simoncelli, who is clearly a talented rider and therefore a threat. No doubt Marco’s friendship with Valentino is not helping his relationship with the pair either. The straight talking Colin Edwards put it another way, “I have no problem with Marco, but then again I am not Italian or Spanish so I have no reason to have one”.
All this aside, let us hope that this does not set a precedent; MotoGP can do without the meddling that F1 sometimes suffers from. The sad thing about this situation is the injury to Pedrosa, which hurts his title chances enormously. The guy just does not crash well. What is also sad is the fact that we have two world champions with an allergy to racing wheel to wheel - Lorenzo and Stoner are exceptionally talented riders but their attitude stinks. If it were up to them, they would never race anyone wheel to wheel. Stoner especially is very odd, probably one of the most talented riders the sport has seen, yet he has a fit every time someone follows him in a practice session - yes Casey, there are other riders out there and they will try to follow you sometimes, no need to spit the dummy out.
Posted 16 May 2011 - 08:09 PM
About our leaders, Lorenzo used to provide spectacle, and Pedrosa found some mojo this year, Stoner hasn't been in the overtaking action for a while. But whatever race you take, even when not at the front, Rossi is the guy that tries to overtake when he can and makes it fun. Until he loses his mojo he's the best at that spectacle thing. And with no bitching. Or what, being Nº1 grants you a 10m off-limits space?? I'll have to follow this soap opera closer now xD
Posted 16 May 2011 - 09:25 PM
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