Any of you ever raced?
in a legitimate series or at least at the local level? From many of the comments, I would think not.
At the riders' meeting before the race, everyone is made aware of the rules. One of them is if you are passing from behind, it is your responsibility to make a clean pass as the rider in front can not see you and be able to predict your movements.
From my viewpoint, the riders arrived at the corner entry at the same time, Dani braking more than Simo in order to hold a tight line around the turn. Simo braked less, trying to run deeper and get ahead of Dani. As he nudged ahead, he then cut across Dani's front tire, trying to occupy the same exact location Dani was already in.
Now, to me, what it looked like from there, was Dani saw that Marco was going to take out Dani's front wheel. Dani put the binders on hard to avoid the collision, stood it up too much and crashed. If Dani had not braked like he did, there is no question in my mind of whether or not there would have been a collision between the two. There would have. I'm not talking trading paint swatches either. I'm talking about a Stoner/Rossi collision.
Dani could have easily held his line. He would not have run wide even. The line was his as he was already there. Marco was clearly in the wrong. This is basic racing rules in any racing organization. There are proper ways to pass and that was clearly not it. At the club level, I'd be sent packing for the season.
Anyone who calls the guys pussies because they want their passes to be clean have obviously never raced side by side with 40 other guys with your levers touching through a turn. Twisting the throttle, leaving the pub on a Sturday afternoon doesn't qualify for racing knowledge and experience to understand what happened.
Just a racing incident my ass...