World Superbike Racer
Join Date: Jul 2003
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There were 150,000 people at the USGP last year. This year's Chinese GP drew like 32,000 people. So I dont see the comparo in that. Everyone was talking about the poor draw of the USGP last year and the track was overwhelmed at how many people were there.
I dont buy that whole we need F1 sized run off. I think its a cop out to make something that is inherently dangerous alot less dangerous. I dont think that racing should be deadly dangerous, but it is racing and there is an inherent level of danger involved. Thats part of the sport and part of the game. To remove the danger takes away part of the challenge and the sport to me. Again, I dont think that the British GP should be held at the Isle of Mann. Kenny Roberts did the right thing in saying that he wont race there for points even if it costs him the championship, because the Isle of Mann is indeed overly dangerous. But VIR, Laguna, Watkins Glen, Infineon Raceway are all perfectly safe for motorcycles and MotoGP. Its not like running at Limerock, which doesnt even allow bike to race because of the danger. I think that alot of the new guys coming up have been spoiled by these super safe tracks. They dont need 90,000 ft of run-off room, but if they had it, they would complain and ask for 90,001 ft. Shut up and race, the track is perfectly fine. Part of the challenge of racing is that you may NOT be able to use all the power of your bike. You may only be able to open half throttle. You have to learn to use the bike and the power best suited for each particular track. Thats racing. Racing is not WOT, brake/downshift, lean, and repeat.
To me its like stepping into the batter's box against a guy that thrown 100MPH fast ball. Chances are that you wont get hit, but then again, the ball can slip and you can indeed get plunked in the head of somewhere else. Its not like cricket where the point is to hit the guy, but its still a possibility of it happening.
I think the problem is that Dorna has it in their head that in order to be the best you have to be the most technologically advanced and the fastest thing out there. Thats not true. Fast + technologically advanced does not always make for the best racing. Hell look at F1. Its a freakin parade of billion dollar cars where almost all the passing is done in the pits. Its boring. Id rather watch cars go in circles for 3 hours at a time than watch F1.
And I think its that circut vs road racing. Most of the tracks on the GP circut are now circut races, not road races.
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