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September 6th, 2010, 01:50 PM   #1
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I've been reading in spanish sports pages "AS," Alex Debon saying that the Moto GP race should have been canceled out of respect for Tomizawa. He comes on very strong in his criticism of race direction.

"siempre anteponen el espectáculo y otros intereses que la vida de una persona. Es triste, pero es así"

"they always place the show and other interest ahead of human life. It is sad, but that is how it is." Are the words quoted.

I find it a bit harsh. It is very possible that the official announcement was held until the GP race was underway. But I also find it a bit hypocritical that Debon said nothing last week when he was racing hours after Lenz died.
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September 6th, 2010, 02:10 PM   #2
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I also find it a bit hypocritical that Debon said nothing last week when he was racing hours after Lenz died.
Just 'cause he did his job last week doesn't mean he was happy about it AND having such a tragedy two weeks in a row may have made him speak out whilst last week he held his tongue... I have no idea of his motivation but I highly doubt it was hypocritical.
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September 6th, 2010, 02:35 PM   #3
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The race should not have been canceled.

When racing tragedies like these occur, it gives me pause to consider how quickly this sport can take a life or cause serious injury. But we all take risks in our lives, and racers make that choice every time they put their helmets on and get out there. Whether its for personal glory, the challenge of competition, or pure thrill seeking, each man's exact reason is his own. To cancel a race over arbitrary sensibilities and deny others the opportunity to make their choice to race is an indictment of the gravity of the choice itself.

Unless the accident itself highlighted some ongoing danger or potential equipment malfunction (i.e. the race tires can't handle the speed and conditions, or there is some uncorrectable feature of the track which is likely to cause future crashes), there is no reason to cancel an upcoming race.
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It's a noble sentiment, but wouldn't have benefited Tomi or his family. Tens of thousands of people would have sued

Dorna, not to mention all the companies that were contracted to broadcast the race. I'm extremely hesitant to speculate

what Tomizawa might have liked - but doubt very much he'd wanted the races canceled. All racers want what's best for

their fellow racers.
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September 6th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #5
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No cancellation. The family must be notified first no matter what. By canceling the race, the FIM are making an official announcement. This is the kind of symbolic display that is impractical and does no good for Tomizawa, his family, his fans, or the sport of MotoGP. Debon would be better suited to advise FIFA how to run the world cup.
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Definitely not!!!
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No... i don't know if they already knew about Tomi being dead in the start of the GP, the commentator in my local cast, was informing through out the race that Tomizawa was in critical stage... and then that he passed away... is sad we lost him but i don't think it should have been cancelled... same as what happened in Indy when we have another tragical result in 125 cc
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No cancellation. The family must be notified first no matter what. By canceling the race, the FIM are making an official announcement.

Very excellent point. Ibelieve only during the MGP race could they confirm Tomizawas death. They would have been in constant contact with Tomi's relatives throughout his ordeal and only when they had given up on any chance of him living would they have been able to call him dead.

Aweful situation but I believe the Dorna officials acted with extreme care. Both for public reasons as well as the fact that one of their workmates/employees had just died. Espelata was the first to talk to all three MGP podium guys after they appeared at Parc Ferme. This is somewhat a public move but also very thoughtful, as it ensures no rider is put in the situation of inadvertently saying the "wrong thing", hurting them and any relatives of Tomizawa.
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