FJR Top Gun
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: West Central, NJ
I must have been watching a different race? Have been a big fan of MotoGP for years.
For the past two years MM has been world champ on a fantastic Honda machine. Physically demanding but fast. Honda changed the frame and swingarm for 2015 using feedback from Stoner's testing. Pedrosa likes the new machine, MM has been struggling with it from race 1. Crashed out more this year than any other year. Had Honda bring back the 2014 frame for him three or four races ago and bingo, he starts winning again. Other riders have said that the Honda's are the most physical race bikes they have ever ridden, Pedrosa went out this year for arm pump issues. His replacement crashed out every race he substituted.
Rossi doesn't have the command of the Yamaha that Lorenzo does, or his team is inferior to Lorenzo's on setup, and has to push extra hard to get to the podium. He feels that MM has been toying with him since Laguna Sega years ago, when MM did to Rossi like Rossi did to Stoner. ****... it's called racing, he knows it! Rossi sees the defeat coming from the precision machine called Lorenzo. So like a child, he is lashing out at anybody that he feels wrongs him. This past Thursday, Rossi, talking to the Italian press brought this pent up anger to the surface and it surprised everyone. He taunted MM through out the free practices, almost coming to a stop on the racetrack when he felt MM was coming up behind him. That is dangerous for ALL riders. That is an absolute intimidation that continued on to race day.
Was there shenanigans, probably. How much out-of-the-blue intimidation can a young guy take. MM and all the riders are HIGHLY competitive, that is how they got there. But what Rossi did in the laps before this incident with Mark during the race on Sunday. Rossi raising his hands and looking back, during the race while they were tight, is unheard of. Then lap 6 incident, Rossi should have been black flagged or had gotten the same points as MM.
It is one thing to race a competitor, it is another thing to purposely take them out. I was a Rossi fan until Sunday, have never been a fan of Lorenzo, but that is no more. It is because he purposely took out another rider during a competition. What was MM suppose to do? Stop the bike and get off and fight? As for pitting the bike during the race, he lost his foot peg. I believe once you pit and there are no flags stating you can, your out.
2014 GenIII RED ES
2002 RED VTX1800c, she is STILL sweet!