The Couch Potato, The Clueless, and The Cry Babies
Been laughing all afternoon at some of the comments on here. Wish I would of had time to join in.... sad face. The early post of chrisg011 was spot on and Benny has been on fine form (thanks for posting what the actual protagonists said B Boy) apart from the dig at GP riders. Isn't Dovi one of those B Boy?
So where are we? Let me say I am an admirer of all 3 riders involved. Super talented, brave, tough guys... all three. Shame for the Haslam, Melandri, or Beemer fans but a great race nontheless. But all this talk of recklessness and open doors etc is unfounded, at least as far as any single individual.
If you want to be mad.... be mad at Donington. The circuit is to blame. A great circuit faulted by it's cheap extension. There have been many a dull spread out GP and WSBK race at Donington but when you get a good one it always comes down to the car park. There have been dozens of hail Mary block passes, overruns, and take downs in the history of Goddards. I think there is just angst because a worthy Brit not only missed out on BMW's first win in the series but then lost out again when it looked like a win was in the bag in the second race. Oh and many want to hang Johnny Foreigner because he was one of the actors in that particular scene?
I will point out that all 3 of these super stars are accomplished motocross riders and throughout the day all 3 put MX style block passes on others in the car park. If there was the slightest opportunity, what ever the order, the guy in the lead was gonna get passed!
The biggest factor is the run out of Melbourne Loop. Obviously Nostro knows Goddard is a left turn (just a little boo boo on the key board) but he gets it wrong when he says it is flat. Far from it actually. The run out of Melbourne rises significantly, so much so that it is a blind crest. All you see is sky people! Riders brake hard over the crest and then Goddards twists down and around!
So...FFS!!! Haslam didn't cover the entry, Melandri could see him and gave it a shot (leaving loads of room IMO), Haslam lifted only for an instant in case Marco lost the front as the tarmac falls away and only went a bit wide. Rea would not of had a full view of where the BMW's were heading until he was nearly at the crest and hit his brakes and went for the normal late apex to get out of there fast. Meanwhile Haslam squared the corner off to get the straightest line to the finish and met Rea at the end of Rea's arc. Bang! All involved did the best they could from the position they were in as they entered Goddards. Racing incident end of. Just be grateful no one was injured.
Too many complain about boring races then along comes a good one (and there are plenty of dull WSBK races, especially last year with Checa's form) and they complain because they don't get the result they want! ??? Waaahhhhh, sniff, sniff. Not the result I wanted either but hey, at least they had a battle and didn't do the Broc Parkes/Troy Corser ride fast and lonely to where ever I place race.
So here ends the lesson or sermon (?) sorry but what you see isn't always what really is, and some people don't even know what they saw even after a few replays? Please concentrate people.