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July 9th, 2018, 02:09 AM   #21
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It's the buzz isn't it though, the thrill. Joey Dunlop was a good circuit rider back in the day occasionally beating genuine world class competitors like Schwantz, Gardner and Lucchinelli, he got on the podium in World Superbikes he even got a couple of top 10 finishes in Grand Prix as a wildcard on privately entered machinery. Robert Dunlop was a British champion on the circuits and went well as a wildcard in World Superbikes but both loved the roads, that was their bread and butter, it's what they were raised with, it's what they loved, somebody once asked Joey why he didn't commit to racing circuits full time and he said he didn't enjoy it.

William himself was a good circuit racer in his early career before he got the licence which allowed him to road race. Michael is no slouch on a circuit as well but again chooses not to do them, Roberts other son Daniel never bothered with bikes and instead joined the infantry and served on the front line in Afghanistan.

Joey's son Gary(now retired) went road racing, Sam Dunlop the son of Joey and Roberts other brother Jim(also a former road racer) is a road racer and Manx Grand Prix winner.

Seems to me like danger and thrill seeking is in the Dunlop blood.

I have no issue with riders who choose not to road race, in fact one of the great things about it is that you aren't forced to do it but I find it sad that people who do road race get criticised for it. Yes it's dangerous but so is the military, so is the fire brigade, so is mining and working on oil rigs but nobody ever calls those nutters. Far more people walk away from road racing than don't but that doesn't sell headlines.
I donít watch it, same as I donít watch boxing these days.
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I donít watch it, same as I donít watch boxing these days.
That's fair enough, I know a few people like that, a bloke who used to be a road racing fanatic hasn't watched a road race since Joey died, I know another who hasn't watched one since DJ died and I'm aware of people turning their backs on boxing following tragedies in the ring(I've personally dialed down my own interest in boxing though that's purely down to the politics of the sport but that's another story) but none of you protest the sport like some people do. There's plenty of things I'd ban before boxing or road racing popped up on the list.
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William was 32 years old, same age as me, a lad who I grew up with who is also the same age will probably be dead before the year is out due to drinking, he's already lost a leg because of it but hasn't stopped him chugging back ridiculous amounts of alcohol. Now that is a waste of life, William at least made something of himself in his short life and had a great time doing so but he lived several lifetimes in those 32 years. Yes it is sad, especially that his little girl will never see him again and his unborn child won't meet him but they'll both grow up knowing what a great man their dad was and how well respected he is.
Perhaps its my age that I can afford to wonder what those who die young "doing what they love", would say if they were ninety. What seemed of such importance back when you were young is a mere memory to smile about in later life.

I know now that when I stopped racing I was probably quite depressed, though I thought I was just too busy doing the hard things needed to get a profession. Racing was just pure fun for me, like a dog chasing a ball. And I always told myself I would get back into it but never really did. I even tell myself I would love to get back on a speedway bike fo a bit of fun.

But I look back on it now as an essential part of making me ....... not essentially me as it seemed back when in the midst of it.

I suppose its a bit of a luxury really being able to look back. Thats the thing you feel sad for .... that they will never have that luxury.
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Thank you for your human response Mczee and Ant G. It’s heartening to see that there are a few people left on this forum who are genuinely decent.

Those posts are not my words. Those are quotes by Keshav after Simoncelli passed. Disgusting and despicable thoughts.
Unfortunately most of the people here enable and back up depraved sentiments like this.
I post these quotes, so you can understand the type of people, you are chatting with


I caution you to never complain about posts like this.
Michael M will threaten to put you on ignore. The level of hypocrisy is astounding. He will defend these comments and while protecting the person wrote them.
Povol, Barry Machine, Little Walter, Theo, and Michael M will do anything to back up their buddy Keshav, no matter what horrible things he says.
The forum consists mostly of callous, racist and indecent posters that would step over a pregnant woman lying face down and bleeding on the sidewalk
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I haven't got a clue what you're going on about, the issue is you came into this thread and spewed a load of shit about a deceased rider who is regarded throughout the motorcycle racing world as one of the smoothest and safest riders there is and an absolute gentleman who nobody has had a bad word to say about.
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I haven't got a clue what you're going on about, the issue is you came into this thread and spewed a load of shit about a deceased rider who is regarded throughout the motorcycle racing world as one of the smoothest and safest riders there is and an absolute gentleman who nobody has had a bad word to say about.
He was attempting irony, difficult and hence unsuccessful with his IQ, trying to draw a parallel/attempting to parody a comment Keshav supposedly made about Simoncelli at a time after Simoncelll’s death, in the process exploiting the tragic death of another rider for the purpose of petty malice/prosecuting his own agenda, without the insight to realise he was one upping anything of which Keshav may have been guilty.

As I said earlier in the thread, while I understand why the guys do it and that it is their own choice, I can’t come at road racing as a spectator sport, it is just too dangerous, like late 60s/70s F1, although like everyone else I have every sympathy for the rider and his family.
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The Dunlops have become like the Kennedy's of racing. This is just tragic. I was huge fan of Joey. RIP mate.
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Thank you for your human response Mczee and Ant G. It’s heartening to see that there are a few people left on this forum who are genuinely decent.

Those posts are not my words. Those are quotes by Keshav after Simoncelli passed. Disgusting and despicable thoughts.
Unfortunately most of the people here enable and back up depraved sentiments like this.
I post these quotes, so you can understand the type of people, you are chatting with


I caution you to never complain about posts like this.
Michael M will threaten to put you on ignore. The level of hypocrisy is astounding. He will defend these comments and while protecting the person wrote them.
Povol, Barry Machine, Little Walter, Theo, and Michael M will do anything to back up their buddy Keshav, no matter what horrible things he says.
The forum consists mostly of callous, racist and indecent posters that would step over a pregnant woman lying face down and bleeding on the sidewalk
It is so noble the way you are defending all the people you deem worthy of your decency circle-of-trust, against immorality and indecency. There must still be as many as two or three people on Power Slide who you approve of. Lucky them. And thanks for trolling up another thread.

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