Three cheers to Rossi for bringing on talent
Valentino is to be admired for VR46 Academy work
People are quick to knock Rossi for his well-documented fallings out with Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and more recently Marc Marquez but he deserves serious praise for his dedication to bringing on a fresh generation of racers across the Motogp classes (MCN, February 15). He could focus entirely on his own campaign for a tenth world title or even retire to the sun and never turn a wheel again. But instead he puts the time and effort into developing the careers of the likes of Lorenzo Baldassarri, Nicolò Bulega and, of course, his own half brother Luca Marini. Naturally we all want to see more Brits like Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding right up there at the sharp end, but I’m sure these young Italians will give us something to cheer for – especially if they can be even half as exciting as Valentino. Adam Smith, email
Circuit of dreams?
It is beginning to look as though the proposed Circuit of Wales will remain a gleam in someone’s eye for many more years to come. Although I am an avid rider and follower of all types of motorcycle racing, I cannot help but agree with the government adviser who stated you would ‘only want to build this to lose money’. It does seem a ridiculous amount of cash to spend laying down a strip of tarmac on a hillside (and this, in reality, is all a racetrack is) in the hope that lots of business will be attracted there. The more this venture continues the more it begins to look like that rather odd Kevin Costner film Field of Dreams which had the tag line ‘If you build it, he will come’. Just stick with Silverstone. It may not be the greatest circuit, but at least it is there.
John Hill, email Back Moto2 Brits
When the new Moto2 engine regs come in to force why can’t Triumph alongside Kalex, Suter et al build a frame to fit the control engine and let a British rider get on board? Oh let me think, oh yes a certain Luke Stapleford springs to mind. A World Supersport rider of supreme talent who has worked miracles on that most famous of British bikes… a Triumph.
Mike Nunnerley, Wolverhampton Tax laws are anti-bike
In Spring 2017 my bike will cost more than four times as much to tax as my car. The bike is insured for 4000 miles per year, the car for 10,000. So per mile the bike costs 10 times more than the car. Less congestion less road wear, but I pay MORE. The readjustment to the bands prove to me that the CO element
2 was always a con, so how can anyone justify the disparity?
John Wilkinson, email I’m with Mick
Mick Grant says he’d make political correctness a treasonable offence (MCN, February 8). He will probably have read The rise of political correctness by Angelo Codevilla, if not, then it’s a good read. Other PC haters might like to read it too.
Bob Garnham, email Chapter and verse
I read with interest your recent Q&A interview with Mick Grant (MCN, February 8). Having watched Mick many times at the NW200 in years gone by, I would like to help him. In answer to the question: ‘If you could have one superpower, what would it be?’ He answered: ‘Eternal life’. The Bible says in John chapter 3, verse 16: ‘For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever
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