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June 4th, 2017, 03:50 AM   #71
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I have to say, my go-to thought when seeing the photo of the helmet was,
two sides of the same coin. Wouldn't have occurred to me that this was
self-serving; and I'm pretty damned cynical. Brought to mind those
corny (tho well meant) split heart lockets teens used to wear in the
'70s where each one wore one half of the heart on a chain.

If Rossi were to market the tribute helmet - I would change my mind.
I am absolutely sure he wouldn't market such a helmet, and I strongly doubt he intended anything other than a genuine tribute.

I am a little with JPS though, if embracing Nicky within his iconic 46 brand is his idea of a tribute, it smacks of self-absorption. Just wear a 69 like others.
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I have to say, my go-to thought when seeing the photo of the helmet was,
two sides of the same coin. Wouldn't have occurred to me that this was
self-serving; and I'm pretty damned cynical. Brought to mind those
corny (tho well meant) split heart lockets teens used to wear in the
'70s where each one wore one half of the heart on a chain.

If Rossi were to market the tribute helmet - I would change my mind.
I think the issue is we have years worth of evidence of Rossi doing self-serving things in GP, so it's hard not to look at the helmet design as more of the same.

I'm going to put this out here before the GP race starts.

My belief disclaimer notification***

Rossi is milking an injury that is nowhere near as bad as has been claimed because it makes him look brave to be out there competing and GP will help sell this image especially if he wins today that he overcame all kinds of pain to battle his way to victory. And well, if he loses, he has a built in excuse already to be deployed.

It's been made to sound as if Rossi is doing something highly courageous along the lines of Lorenzo riding at Assen with the broken collarbone or something of a similar nature. Meanwhile, for those of us who know grand prix motorcycle racing did happen to exist prior to the arrival of Valentino Rossi know that in the golden era of the 80s and early 90s, riders were riding with far worse injuries than what Rossi suffered. I distinctly recall both Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz riding with some pretty bad injuries during the 1991 to 1993 period and there was little said about Schwantz's broken wrists or Wayne's say 1992 campaign where he thought about withdrawing completely from the championship until Doohan's accident happened. To say nothing of numerous injuries current riders on the grid have suffered in 2017 that were/are far worse.

Anyway, whether I'm right or not, who knows, and I'm sure those reading what I wrote above will vehemently disagree with it. I would add that the only reason any of this is even talked about in these terms is because of what the past behavior has indicated.
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I found the whole thing quite mawkish to be honest.
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I don't know what Marquez is doing, he went Medium/Medium which is bizarre for him to do. Both Yamaha riders are on the hard front. Track temperature is 41C/107F. Even Pedrosa is on the hard front.
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Lorenzo leading on the Ducati...hope this holds up...
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Dovizioso with a tank slapper at 200MPH...scary as fuck.
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I think the issue is we have years worth of evidence of Rossi doing self-serving things in GP, so it's hard not to look at the helmet design as more of the same.

I'm going to put this out here before the GP race starts.

My belief disclaimer notification***

Rossi is milking an injury that is nowhere near as bad as has been claimed because it makes him look brave to be out there competing and GP will help sell this image especially if he wins today that he overcame all kinds of pain to battle his way to victory. And well, if he loses, he has a built in excuse already to be deployed.

It's been made to sound as if Rossi is doing something highly courageous along the lines of Lorenzo riding at Assen with the broken collarbone or something of a similar nature. Meanwhile, for those of us who know grand prix motorcycle racing did happen to exist prior to the arrival of Valentino Rossi know that in the golden era of the 80s and early 90s, riders were riding with far worse injuries than what Rossi suffered. I distinctly recall both Wayne Rainey and Kevin Schwantz riding with some pretty bad injuries during the 1991 to 1993 period and there was little said about Schwantz's broken wrists or Wayne's say 1992 campaign where he thought about withdrawing completely from the championship until Doohan's accident happened. To say nothing of numerous injuries current riders on the grid have suffered in 2017 that were/are far worse.

Anyway, whether I'm right or not, who knows, and I'm sure those reading what I wrote above will vehemently disagree with it. I would add that the only reason any of this is even talked about in these terms is because of what the past behavior has indicated.
It is what it is. It seems fairly definite he had an accident motocrossing and went to an Accident and Emergency unit and was kept for observation. How sore he is may be up for discussion, but it seems unlikely it was nothing at all. I haven't seen any claims about him being greatly hampered either.
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It is what it is. It seems fairly definite he had an accident motocrossing and went to an Accident and Emergency unit and was kept for observation. How sore he is may be up for discussion, but it seems unlikely it was nothing at all. I haven't seen any claims about him being greatly hampered either.
Yes he definitely did have an accident and required medical care.

I just feel he is a drama queen on this as he is with everything else, and tries to milk it for maximum value...and the media is only too happy to help further the narrative.
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Does Petrucci dare to overtake Rossi at Mugello for a podium position?
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