...back comes the cracked record...
RawDawg. You just don't get it do you?
I'm glad to see a few people have taken the time to write posts in support of JT, he could no doubt do with a lift.
I've never met JT. But in MCN, Bike and all the other biking publications, I've read story after story about what a nice lad James is and how he gives as much time for his fans as he can. I've never seen one bad word written about the guy from people who've actually met him. Also, on TV he comes across as a really nice lad - when he was standing on the start line at one of the races he wished Suzy Perry all the best after her illness. Now knowing you RawDawg, you'd probably go "...well he should have been concentrating on the race while he was stood there..." but he wanted to give his best to Suzy despite the fact he was about to fling himself round a track at 200mph. That takes strength of character and mettle.
He's stood tall, despite being given the run around by Yamaha, never once said a bad word against Colin Edwards, despite all the provocation by Mr Edwards (who came 13th on Sun) and never once said a word about Tech 3, who's ability to help a talented rider struggling for grip has been pretty woeful.
James could have spilt the beans, bitched and moaned about all of the above, and played the blame game like a premiership footballer. But he didn't. He kept a dignified silence on all these issues and squarely blamed himself. When he arrived at Tech3, he was front row in his first GP and came 6th in the race. He hasn't got worse as a rider, he's just found it impossible to get a good direction for the bike with such limited setup time. A good team principal is worth their weight in gold on this one (eg Jerry B). When James has a settled bike underneath him, he can ride the wheels off it, it's just pure bad luck that he was in the wrong team at the wrong time. But that's besides the point...
James is a good guy, takes time for his fans and works as hard as anyone in the paddock. That sort of thing doesn't count for much in your world, RawDawg, but it does in mine. He's a 2 time WSBK champion, who's endured the worst season of his career, but still he's been a stand-up guy.
I respect that. I tip my hat to James.