WHEN WILL IT EVER STOP? (2) ...
Two points here: a good few years back, Oprah Winfrey completed a Full Marathon. The time was irrelevant - her personal challenge just to finish, overcome & achieve the 42.2 kilometre distance. A horde of negative naysayers immediately denigrated this - making all sorts of comments like, “Well – it’s easy for her, with her money & access to “personal trainers” etc & what was the big deal?” This obviously came from envious non-achievers - people who couldn’t run around their own block or challenge themselves past the Hamburger stand! And to start comparing a middle-aged, obese, African-American woman to the likes of sylph-like, young & uber-athletes & World’s Best rocket ships like Paula Radford or Greta Waitz et al was not only patently ridiculous – the criticism missed the entire point – no-one ran it for Winfrey & she did it all by herself - without jets or any other aids in her running shoes. So did Batista with his very first Pole...
Another fact to consider: Looking at 2 x GP tragedies & their aftermaths – Daijiro Kato’s record shows that Marco Simoncelli didn’t hold a candle to him - insofar as their respective records & therefore their future, albeit sadly truncated, potential shows – Kato’s 250cc record makes ‘Simo look almost “ordinary” & his brief Senior Class record very much the same & all without the negatives of being a serial wrecking ball for other riders... After his fatal crash @ Suzuka in 2003 - the FIM retired Kato's number - 74 not being used by any rider since. The FIM also quite rightfully named him a Grand Prix "Legend".
But here’s a totally hypocritical peculiarity for you: - In 2006, the Misano Circuit honoured Kato, who lived part of the season in the area, by naming a new access road to the circuit “Via Daijiro Kato”. That circuit's offices are located on the road named in his memory.
So – ‘Super-Sic gets the ENTIRE circuit named after him in 2011-12 as a mark of respect - but a guy who Simoncelli, quite frankly, couldn’t tie the laces of the shoes of – Daijiro Kato – ONLY gets an access road there named after him. Really – there is no “justice or equity” – just shallow, media-confected & “nationalistic” nonsense!
Maybe it helps one’s post-mortem reputation, cachet or mana to have had big hair & be Italian? Over to you for your own thoughts, & opinions, OK?