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August 13th, 2018, 04:30 AM   #11
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Rossi brought up the safety issue of the track which is definitely a valid concern. However he then whinged that with 20 races they won't have much time off to do much else. I'm sorry (and this goes for any rider that complains about that) you earn millions of dollars to ride a motorbike for 3 days every second week during the season. Then you get more holidays than most people have who work a normal job. What the fuck are you complaining about? That it's not a hobby but a full time job that you get paid obscene amounts to do?

This just really rubbed me the wrong way, their schedule is not that bad compared to other sports and the wear and tare on their bodies is nowhere near as bad either. These cunts need a reality check if they're complaining about not having a life outside of racing.
I think they do race too much, I said on another forum about 7 years ago they need to get rid of 4 rounds and make it a 14 round championship.
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I think they do race too much, I said on another forum about 7 years ago they need to get rid of 4 rounds and make it a 14 round championship.
They aren't ever going to get rid of rounds, too much money at stake. I don't agree with the rounds they have added though or about to add. Thailand sucks. Mexico will suck because it's going to be a Ducati circuit due to the main straight. Probably will be hitting 220MPH before the braking zone. Should bring Suzuka back for the Japanese round.
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They aren't ever going to get rid of rounds, too much money at stake. I don't agree with the rounds they have added though or about to add. Thailand sucks. Mexico will suck because it's going to be a Ducati circuit due to the main straight. Probably will be hitting 220MPH before the braking zone. Should bring Suzuka back for the Japanese round.
Completely agree
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They aren't ever going to get rid of rounds, too much money at stake. I don't agree with the rounds they have added though or about to add. Thailand sucks. Mexico will suck because it's going to be a Ducati circuit due to the main straight. Probably will be hitting 220MPH before the braking zone. Should bring Suzuka back for the Japanese round.
I agree that the circuits added suck and that is a fair reason to complain, my issue with the complaint is 'it means we don't have a life'

Looking at the track though I don't see any way a Mexican GP won't suck, but I also thought that about Austria and we have had a couple of decent races 2 years in a row.
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I agree that the circuits added suck and that is a fair reason to complain, my issue with the complaint is 'it means we don't have a life'

Looking at the track though I don't see any way a Mexican GP won't suck, but I also thought that about Austria and we have had a couple of decent races 2 years in a row.
Mexico's tarmac is bumpy as hell and always has been. It'll be a shitshow.
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I don't think Suzuka will ever return, it was declared to be too dangerous.
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I don't think Suzuka will ever return, it was declared to be too dangerous.
Which is ironic since there's the 8 Hours of Suzuka endurance race.
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I don't think Suzuka will ever return, it was declared to be too dangerous.
Iíd like to see Estoril on the calendar.
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I wasn't disputing the safety concerns at all. They're completely valid as I have said. I don't believe the circuit will make for great viewing either so I wouldn't be upset if it wasn't on the calendar next year.

20 races isn't year round, that's my point. Right now they're racing for about 8 months with a break in the middle. Expecting them to do 9 months with a break in the middle isn't unrealistic, not for what they get paid. Soccer players are playing for around 10 months of the year, AFL players only have about 2 months off every year 3 at the most, most elite sports are going to be the same. I know they have to train and keep fit but that along with the racing I can guarantee, is not as physically demanding as what other athletes put up with every week. That's my point. Being expected to race for 9 months of the year isn't unfair and still gives them plenty of time for a life. A lot more time than if they were working a normal job or if they were elite in some other sports. I say 9 months of the year but generally they get every second weekend off as well.
Rossi has shown the most endurance of pretty much any gp bike rider ever, so perhaps his opinion is rather informed.

They are also constantly risking their lives at up to several hundred kph, somewhat more stressful than most other sports, which even possibly the most fearless gp bike rider of all time in MM has been known to opine, and the list of injuries most carry into retirement is often fairly extensive. RCV tells me new airbag technology will improve safety, and I for one really hope he is correct, I will never forget seeing Rainey become a paraplegic live on TV, nor Jones dying in that supersport race, but fortunately have managed to never see Simoncelli’s final accident.
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Rossi has shown the most endurance of pretty much any gp bike rider ever, so perhaps his opinion is rather informed.

They are also constantly risking their lives at up to several hundred kph, somewhat more stressful than most other sports, which even possibly the most fearless gp bike rider of all time in MM has been known to opine, and the list of injuries most carry into retirement is often fairly extensive. RCV tells me new airbag technology will improve safety, and i for one really hope he is correct, I will never forget seeing Rainey become a paraplegic live on TV, nor Jones dying in that supersport race, but fortunately have managed to never see Diomncelliís final accident.
Do yourself a favor and never watch it. The image is seared into my memory, and it's horrible.
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