Lack of re­spect for racers

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

I was sur­prised and stag­gered to see the time penalty ap­plied to Valentino Rossi’s race time at the Texan GP. Race Direc­tor Mike Webb’s at­tempts to jus­tify this de­ci­sion seem to miss the point com­pletely. Rossi and Zarco came to­gether and Rossi left the track to avoid a crash and not to gain an ad­van­tage. We love bike racing for its un­pre­dictable out­comes, dar­ing rid­ers and fan­tas­tic bikes rid­den by peo­ple with enor­mous skill and brav­ery. To have very ques­tion­able de­ci­sions ap­plied mid race to teams who’s rid­ers are putting their lives on the line shows a very low level of re­spect for com­peti­tors. Dan Smith, email

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