Well deserved win
The number of people on this forum that has blinkers, or wears special glasses so they can only see their own rider, is simply staggering. Seems that some riders out there can never have a good race, while other riders are never at fault.
Stoner was best today and a level above the rest for the entire weekend, and he won as he should have won. He is a pain in the ass, but an awesome racer. Well done. Simoncelli is fast, but he fucked Dani into the hospital and himself off the podium. More on that later. Rossi had, in his own opinion before the race, the possibility to fight for fourth or fith. Dovi on the other hand, on a superfast Honda (Spies’ words), a bike miles miles better than the treacherous Ducati, ended up fighting Vale to the bitter end. Of course Dovi should have beaten Rossi! Rossi was 20 seconds better that the next Ducati, and climbed the field from 9th to 3rd. Well done. But more importantly, Rossi beat Lorenzo. Fair and square, in the dry. That’s a first on the Duke. Or did you miss that? If some of you cannot see that as an improvement, well... you are obviously blinkered.
Back to Simoncelli: So what is really the difference between an acceptable pass and one that is not acceptable? If you send somebody off the track or make them crash, that’s not acceptable. There’s been a massive coverage and focus on unsafe and close passing lately, most of it aimed at Simoncelli. Some fairly, some just silly. Lorenzo is not exactly Mr. Nice guy either. Neither is Rossi, his move on Stoner at Jerez was as stupid as they come.
Today, Dani had the inside line, Simoncelli tried to go the long way around, swiped Danis nose off big time and ran off track himself. Not by any means can that be considered an acceptable pass. Seriously, if you think so, what planet are you from? The ride through penalty was expected, it was welcome and it was fair. More than that, it is the only way to invoke a penalty immediately. If you want cleaner passing, that’s the way to go. Bickering afterward? That’s what they do in F1. In court. Silly.
Getting into the punching episode, it’s not about who did what and who was to blame. It’s about unsportsmanlike behaviour. Giving somebody the finger is borderline, but punching somebody while performing your sport cannot be deemed acceptable behaviour by any means. Yes, even if the blow did not cause RdP to crash.
The other riders were also-rans. Yes, even Spies. Le Mans is a tough and twisty track, supposedly perfect for Yamahas. Not any more. How quickly everything changes! Which just proves that this is racing at the very absolute and unpredictable summit of motorcycle racing. Amazing.
If you cant see this - for all your rider bigotry - you’re missing the point. If you – after watching the race today – still think this is as boring as F1, its probably just because you haven’t been paying attention. Bugger off, then. Go slag something else.