Month: September 2013

Image of the GP, Aragon, Part 2: There goes the championship

Unlucky. Dani Pedrosa. In the MotoGP dictionary they are one in the same.

Here is the picture you were probably expecting for Image of the GP, thanks to the events impact on the championship.

The bit where Dani Pedrosa saw his championship hopes fade away, thanks to an overexposed traction control wire and a he-could-never-hit-that-again-if-he-tried-forever touch from Honda team-mate Marc Marquez.

Though video replays initially suggested no contact, Marquez has since confirmed and apologised for the touch and is currently under investigation from race direction. It had a lot more to do with crazy wire positioning for something so vital, so let’s hope the one time it’s not actually his fault that he is not penalised (unlike the many times they could have rightly, but chose not to sanction).

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there goes the title hopes, into the gravel, along with your bike.
Pedrosa off in Aragon, via the MotoGP Twitter feed.(editorial use only, under fair use act.)

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Image of the GP Aragon, Part 1: Can anyone explain Alex Marquez helmet?!

It featured quite heavily in the support class build up, but I’m still not really sure what his helmet is all about, looks good though!

The good, The bad and ‘The Pistols’ apparently ( though all weekend I was expecting someone to get ‘The Ugly’ on there somehow Moto3’s full of characters!)

If anyone can enlighten me to the ‘The Pistols” bit, please post a reply! Nothing doing via his personal Twitter @alexmarquez23

Here’s the pictures:

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The good, the bad…the pistols?! Sure it makes sense to him, nice graphic though!
Image via my Tellybox/ Dorna/ BBC( Editorial use only, under fair use act)

A Maq helmet view 2

A second view via Alex Marquez on Twitter, the theme is no clearer though…

 

Aragon race reports online now

Aragon Motorland  bought us three action packed races, no doubt you’ve heard about the Marquez/Pedrosa controversy (No dancing in HRC hospitality tonight, it was all about apologising!)

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Back to winning ways, Terol in control in Aragon
Image via Team Aspar, editorial use only

No race direction intervention was required inMoto3 or Moto2, both had brilliant battles to the line!

For a Moto3 or Moto2 summary visit my report on PaddockChatter. For a more detailed race report for Moto2 and Moto3, you can visit my work at crash.net, where you can also find my analysis of the Redding/Espargaro Moto2 title battle.

Recommended reading: Why viewers are so important to motorsport

This week the blog posts I have read here on WordPress and thoroughly enjoyed have both been discussing the important part us, as viewers play – or should play – in the broader motorsport picture. After all if there was no-one to watch them they wouldn’t be worth the millions as an industry they are now!

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More of this? More money please! Motorsport, viewers and money is the hot topic this week!
Image by Image Nation Photography (Ben Henderson) via Flickr and used under the creative commons agreement

Over at AmerF1can an excellent Q&A with James Allen then analysed by the writer JohnPierre Rivera looks at F1 in America. As a UK writer i found it interesting to see sport viewership mirrored, F1 is considered ‘niche’ while our beloved football is free. ( For those outside the UK, here this was, and for the most part still is, reversed.

F1 is part free-to-air at our flagship broadcaster BBC, though these days there have to share the content with pay TV Satellite company Sky. Premiership football is now split across two pay services Sky and BT Sport.

There is much more to the post than this though it also deals with how long it has been since a successful U.S. driver made a mark on the championship ( which I thought drew interesting comparisons with MotoGP, somewhere where Americans have had more recent success, but still not readily watched ) what F1 can do to raise appeal and the impact of NASCAR and the American obsession with it’s oval racing.

Great stuff. Read more here: http://amerf1can.wordpress.com/2013/09/25/f1-and-america-an-interview-with-james-allen/

Also on WordPress this week and a great compliment to the above over at the F1 Broadcasting blog they dared to ask Dorna if they planned to show any highlights packages on mainstream UK t.v. after the main programming strand was acquired by BT Sport “free if you have BT Broadband” but not very free at all for most, with BT also announcing price hikes for their phone and broadband customers this week.

The reply (or lack of) to a simple question, not even a complaint is very telling and a great subject for a post.

Interesting again, more on this here: http://f1broadcasting.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/a-message-to-dorna-sports/

The general consensus is money, money, money. they like making it, we have to spend it to watch, yet we have very little say in the content we are provided.

In terms of MotoGP perhaps Dorna are making a case to cut out the middleman and take the content direct from them, then again BT Sport may cost a bit, but their content and interest in promoting British talent looks promising.

Maybe it’s our fault for getting too complacent and moaning about the BBC coverage while forgetting it was free for all? Maybe they should not have presumed their bid to provide the t.v. coverage would be the winning one?

Read, enjoy and discuss! Personally I would be interested to find out what motorsport coverage is like in different countries!

Moto3 and Moto2 Aragon qualifying reports online now!

Moto3 and Moto2 round-ups: Dominant performances leads to pole for Rins and Terol…

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Terol won in Austin, can he do it again in Aragon?
image via Mapfre Aspar

Well it’s a race weekend again, and you’ll probably keep up-to-date with the MotoGP goings-on, but what happened in the support class qualifying sessions.

To find out more about the excellent performances of Alex Rins and Nico Terol and how title race leaders  Luis Salom and Scott Redding both struggled you can check out my round up on PaddockChatter.com or for more in-depth coverage my Moto3 and Moto2 reports are available at Crash.net.

Hopefully both races will live up to the promise shown in qualifying!

MotoGP: Some light relief – Marc Marquez dancing!

At a time of high tension as we enter the crucial part in all the motorsport championships I think it’s time to share a little light entertainment, courtesy of Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez.

Having previously shown you Jorge Lorenzo letting his hair down here, I now bring you Marquez dancing to Johnny B Goode via the wonderful medium that is Youtube.

The young Spanish championship leading rookie here enthralls not with his supreme risk-taking racecraft but instead his so-bad-it’s-actually-quite-good and definitely entertaining dance moves, including a ‘robot’ to rival Peter Crouch (famous English Premiership footballer famed for his robot goal-scoring celebration international readers!)

He can dance better than me.

Here’s the video:

A petition for Sean Emmett

A link to the petition can be found at the bottom of this page. Here’s Sean Emmet’s story.

Former Grand Prix, Superbike and BSB rider Sean Emmett remains stranded in Dubai seven long months after his wife fell to her death from their hotel room in the city back in February.

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Sean Emmett’s petition could be enough to help him home
Image Emmett’s Twitter profile – @Seany555

Though it made the news at the time due to his profile, he was almost immediately confirmed to have played no role in the sad event and the local authorities treated Abbie’s death while they were on honeymoon as an suicide – Emmett has always said it was instead an accident – with the Dubai police also noting there were no suspicious circumstances.

Mr Emmett, winner of 19 British Superbike events, including his legendarily close win over Troy Bayliss in 199 at Oulton ark (winning by just 0.001s), was arrested when visiting a Dubai police station to complete paperwork necessary to release the body of his wife. His passport was confiscated at this time and he was fined 2,000 Dirham (approx £350) for allegedly drinking alcohol without a license.

He was arrested though the alcohol had been legally consumed the night before in their hotel room but when he was tested at the police station 28 micrograms of alcohol were still present in his breath sample, below the legal limit in most countries – including the UK, but illegal for anyone in public in Dubai, which he was now deemed to be.

The racer was then locked up for four days.

On his release he states he was initially handed his seized passport back, only to have it taken back before he could leave after the officer dealing with him received a phone call.

His lawyers and the British Consulate have had no explanation for this, nor why his documents are still being held while they claim to be investigating further.

The Foreign Office say they cannot interfere with the UAE’s legal process.

Emmett, 43, has reportedly spent his life savings paying for accommodation in Dubai as the retention of his passport prevents him from returning home. He is currently living with an expatriate couple who kindly gave him a roof over his head. He has missed all three of his children’s birthdays this year and has closed his motorbike taxi bike business to raise funds.

Previous cases illustrate that Sean Emmett may have a way to go before he is free to return home:

  • Radio 1 DJ ‘Grooverider’ was given a 4 year sentence in 2007 for cannabis possession. He was released and pardoned after 10 months.
  • Property tycoon Peter Margetts received a huge 23-year sentence for writing cheques which later bounced.
  • Businessman Simon Andrews was alleged to have stuck his middle finger up at a student he argued with, breaking the UAE’s strict public decency laws. Though he denied the charge he had his passport confiscated and was stranded for eight months in Dubai.
  • Norwegian Tourist Marte Dalelv dared to report her own rape. She was handed a 16-month sentence. International outcry saw Dalelv freed in July 2013.
  • Also in July, three Londoners who were arrested in April for drug offences were pardoned during an Ramadan amnesty. Prime Minister David Cameron had raised the case with the UAE President during his state visit to the UK.

This is why the petition to help Sean Emmett return to the UK is so important. Intervention by the Government would make it easier to have his case heard by the right people.

After just a matter of days the online petition asking the Foreign Office and Commonwealth Office to liaise further with the UAE for Mr. Emmet’s return has had 6,000 + people sign.

To help you can add your signature here: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/55031

(unfortunately as it is a petition direct to our government only UK citizens can sign)

You can keep up with what happens to Sean, or send him a goodwill message via his personal Twitter account @Seany555

Image of the GP: For Tomizawa

The Misano World Circuit holds a lot of memories. It is named after the late Marco Simoncelli. It is where, three years ago, Shoya Tomizawa also tragically died after his collision with Scott Redding and Alex De Angelis.

Those who were in MotoGP paddock rarely forget, with many of the teams (especially Technomag, Tomizawa’s old team with their garage image), riders and fans of Tomizawa posting timely tributes in words or pictures online between the anniversary of his passing and the San Marino Grand Prix.

Japanese rider Taka Nakagami had something special up his sleeve to remember his fallen fellow countryman and unveiled this flag when celebrating his fourth successive 2nd place.

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Remembering Tomizawa
Image via Taka Nakagami’s Instagram account

Hoping here he finally gets that win as a reward for such a touching tribute.

Moto2: Recommended Reading – Gino Rea’s Blog

If you follow the careers of any of our young British motorcycle talent Gino Rea never fails to stand out.

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More news from Gino Rea in his interesting WordPress blog
bike image by Gino Rea on Twitter – @ Gino Rea

Despite having the odds stacked against him, the Londoner has managed to fund sevreal wild-card appearances in the 2013 Moto2 season, including a string of performances in a row in Brno, at home at Silverstone and then in Misano.

Rea’s 22nd, in partnership with the Montaze Broz – aboard the only FTR in the championship, was extra special as he recorded this credible result as a non- regular rider while suffering with a broken hand. He had picked up the injury just one week previously in Silverstone.

The blog still manages to find humour despite tougher times, with an amusing note on meeting Marc Marquez in the medical centre a particular highlight.

Another plus to Gino’s blog is it is by him. It is not corporate or force-fed but instead a beautifully honest account of trying hard to secure a championship ride in a time where it is now all too common to pay-to-ride instead of being paid to ride well. Knowing the right people means everything too (no offense meant, but, hello Alex Pons, master of the expensive crash in Moto2, and in his father’s team for many years…hmmm).

And it’s right here on WordPress!

Why not check out his most recent post, Brno my home Grand Prix, my broken hand and Misano pain and see for yourself!

 

Don’t forget you can get involved to by visiting ginoreaclub.com or buying coffee (yes, coffee, why not?!) at ginoreacoffee.com

Previously on survival of the fastest:

Moto2: news and new merchandise from Gino Rea – Coffee

Moto2: Gino Rea has to wait for Le Mans to kick off season

Moto2: Gino Rea creates his own team for wild-card rides in 2013

Moto2: Gino needs you! Rea loses funding and place on 2013 grid

San Marino race reports online now!

Lorenzo needed his own postcode he was so far ahead of the game in MotoGP, and we didn’t see as much of Rossi’s beautiful helmet as we could with his fourth place finish as Marquez continues to impress, but what happened elsewhere in MotoGP’s support classes

Both Moto3 and Moto2 had exciting battles to the finish with Rins taking victory in Moto3 and Espargaro taking an all important win in Moto2.

Want to know more?

I have a race round up online for both classes at paddockchatter.com , with detailed race reports online for both Moto3 and Moto2 at crash.net, just click the links.

For even more in depth coverage I have a detailed analysis of the Moto2 title battle online at crash.net too, a great place to comment, talk and get involved with bike racing using social media.