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June 26th, 2007, 12:32 AM   #1
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http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/60160

MotoGP Safety Commission leaders Valentino Rossi and Loris Capirossi have criticised the sport's younger generation of riders for not joining them and showing more interest in safety matters.
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June 26th, 2007, 12:40 AM   #2
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Wasn't Hopper also a member of the commision? Either way, if it truly is open for everyone, then I think Casey should stop complaining and actually join the commission. It'll only have enough influence if it encompasses enough of the riders. At the end of the year Loris might retire, leaving a one man "commission". I can't see Valentino keeping up with a commission that he's the only member of. I think the riders need to start speaking up for themselves before all their decisions are made by Dorna with them having no influence.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (IsraeliRacer @ Jun 26 2007, 09:40 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Wasn't Hopper also a member of the commision? Either way, if it truly is open for everyone, then I think Casey should stop complaining and actually join the commission. It'll only have enough influence if it encompasses enough of the riders. At the end of the year Loris might retire, leaving a one man "commission". I can't see Valentino keeping up with a commission that he's the only member of. I think the riders need to start speaking up for themselves before all their decisions are made by Dorna with them having no influence.


I totally agree - riders need to take responsibility for safety, they are the ones racing.
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Do you think this could be a sign of a lack of support toward Valentino from the other riders. After all, the report states Valentino adopts a sarcastic tone toward the others. Perhaps the last thing they want to do is listen to Vale talking?

I can't imagine for one moment that these guys are not interested in safety issues.
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June 26th, 2007, 01:26 AM   #5
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I think they'd rather just relax the day before qualifying instead of be in meetings, which is fine, but there are some things that are more important, if they don't look out for their safety then nobody else will.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Burky @ Jun 26 2007, 10:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Do you think this could be a sign of a lack of support toward Valentino from the other riders. After all, the report states Valentino adopts a sarcastic tone toward the others. Perhaps the last thing they want to do is listen to Vale talking?

Agree that this could be the case, but if this is the case they are bldy stupid to be.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (mbracing @ Jun 26 2007, 10:33 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Agree that this could be the case, but if this is the case they are bldy stupid to be.
Well I agree, in principal. But Valentino seems to have been 'the spokesman' for a long time now, and perhaps the others would like a voice of their own. After all, public critisism also gains an awful lot of attention, so their opinions will have to be noted whether raised through the commission or not.
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There has always been a "Spokesman" the last one KR Jnr and before that was Doohan. But who will be the next "Spokesman" next year will be the last year for Loris & Rossi. Even if their voice's are not heard in public it is a start.
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June 26th, 2007, 01:40 PM   #9
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This is just my two cents but I feel that no one joins the safety commision because no one in power listens to any rider outside Rossi. Rossi says he'll never ride at Suzuka again, MotoGP hasn't been back. Rossi says Laguna is unsafe, Hayden says he doesn't see any manjor problems. Laguna makes changes to dangerous areas. Stoner says Donnington is too slippery and dangerous while Rossi says nothing, everyone says Stoner is doing nothing but crying.

By no fault of Rossi's, the media and powers that be have effectively created a one-man commission as it is.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Burky @ Jun 26 2007, 02:23 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>Do you think this could be a sign of a lack of support toward Valentino from the other riders. After all, the report states Valentino adopts a sarcastic tone toward the others. Perhaps the last thing they want to do is listen to Vale talking?

I can't imagine for one moment that these guys are not interested in safety issues.
Hi Burky, hope all is well in your life my friend.

Itís interesting how Laguna got mentioned as an unsafe track (which ironically was made unsafer when a certain rider ran around the entire track spilling oil on it) haha. Anyway, but I think Misano is way more unsafe, and I've never really heard anything mentioned about that track. So what I'm saying here is politics sometimes trumps the reality of track safety and perhaps, as you point out, it may be something other than mere rest and relaxation that has kept some riders away.


<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Austin @ Jun 26 2007, 02:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>This is just my two cents but I feel that no one joins the safety commision because no one in power listens to any rider outside Rossi. Rossi says he'll never ride at Suzuka again, MotoGP hasn't been back. Rossi says Laguna is unsafe, Hayden says he doesn't see any manjor problems. Laguna makes changes to dangerous areas. Stoner says Donnington is too slippery and dangerous while Rossi says nothing, everyone says Stoner is doing nothing but crying.

By no fault of Rossi's, the media and powers that be have effectively created a one-man commission as it is.
What a great observation. Couldn't have said it better. But let me add, that despite any feelings of not being listened to by other riders, I still think they should go in there and voice their concerns on record.
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