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May 19th, 2011, 11:14 AM   #11
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This immediately sprung to mind when I noticed this thread. Initially they wouldn't even engage in eye contact in the paddock and post race if they found themselves in a bar or restaurant then either entourage would be at opposite cprners of the building. They gradually began to inure to each others presence, and I think by '93 they were on fairly amicable terms - the ice between them had thawed - largely out of mutual respect despite the fact that they were such fierce rivals on track. When the accident happened Schwantz was in total denial and disbelief and full expected Rainey to ride out in practice at the next race at Laguna. His World Championship was a hollow and pyrrhic victory and he later said that the absence of Wayne as a competitor and by then friend influenced his decision to retire because he found racing meaningless after 1993.



Edwards and Bayliss always got along well, and Nicky Hayden has to be one of the most well liked World Champions in the history of the sport. Rob McElnea and Niall Mackenzie's cut throat BSB exchanges were exported straight out of GP, but again have stayed close friends after the racing stopped, while even Foggy and Scott Russell have been know to share a drink at the bar.



I think with the exception of Foggy and Koscinski the WSB paddock has always been far more convivial with riders fraternising post race, whereas the GP paddock has in recent years maintained more distance between riders - perhaps because the stakes are higher in every respect.






Except Rainy and Schwants i dont know some of those riders you named, but for me knowing about the rivalry between these two should be enough to picture the situation between the rest.



Usually i have seen Edwards like Hayden can get along pretty well and friendly with every one. Maybe that has helped him and the situation, just like last year with Spies.
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I think it is like most work environments where you develop strong acquaintances but rarely strong friendships. In WC racing where there are multiple nationalities then this helps to cement those strong acquaintances because people will naturally gravitate towards people from the same culture. The other component that builds on or stands beside these elements is respect. When your 'work' involves putting your life and the lives of others on the line there is a bond even in the absence of genuine friendship that can not be developed in another environment. I am sure that those who have served or do serve in the military can expand on that further.
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Rivals might be the key word but

yes they have friendships and long term



Casey Stoner n Chaz Davies is one
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"WHEN THE GLOVES GO ON EVEN YOUR BEST FRIEND BECOMES A RIVAL IN RACING"
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What about Simoncelli and Pedders .... any chance ????
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"WHEN THE GLOVES GO ON EVEN YOUR BEST FRIEND BECOMES A RIVAL IN RACING"




This is what i have seen so far from 99% of the racers. Some are friends or friendly to eachother but usually as soon as something happens between them, they show their negative feelings.
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You would have to think with all the time these peeps spend together that friendships form. On track i expect that goes out the window and pure focus takes over. In martial arts ive had fights with friends but when you face each other you just don't look at them as a friend or even human. There just a target.
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You would have to think with all the time these peeps spend together that friendships form. On track i expect that goes out the window and pure focus takes over. In martial arts ive had fights with friends but when you face each other you just don't look at them as a friend or even human. There just a target.


Well said Rog,



It's natual and usual feeling, it's in all sports and sport persons.
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This thread is gay and pointless.
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This thread is gay and pointless.
When i first read it, i though Viper7 AKA Pointless & Unthoughtful Thead Originator (PUTO) had been at it again. But then i saw it was Rossiofsky. Basically same shit. However, a few great posts have saved the thread.
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