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GP Week : Issue 25
Letters Bring back the emotion I just read Chris Lambden's take on F1 and the Olympics – I have to say I agree completely. Not that Olympics are good example. I for one find the Summer Olympics very dull, but his take on F1's way of doing PR is spot on. This is so 90s. Lewis is a breath of fresh air, but all the others are so 90s. People don't want perfect drivers in every way. We've had our good share of corporate propaganda already, and society mocks such behaviour. In today's world, we need stars, we need characters! We need drivers telling how crap is the car, how stupid was the other guy – we need to have fun watching TV! Clinical PR is not fun, RON! Look at NASCAR, beside the first line "I want to thank the Corporate My Team crew", the drivers are spot on real characters. That's what makes a sport famous, not clinical perfection. Let free your emotions. Kick the buts of all PR chicks and get someone with James Hunt's spirit to take over! I know that many corporate officers think it's not good to let go your emotions, but they are way too wrong and way too closed in their dream worlds! Ivan from Bulgaria. Ivan Nikolov – firstname.lastname@example.org No knee-jerks in MotoGP please Despite Michelin's latest doldrums, the last thing MotoGP needs is a one-tyre formula. One of the things that sets it apart from single-file Formula 1 is the disparity in tyres, in tyre brands, and tyre choice for races. Tyre performance comes and goes and riders have to nurse their tyres if they have gone too radical in tyre choice. It all makes for real racing. The only thing dented when one company has a bad day are a couple of riders' egos ("why didn't I follow Valentino and switch to Bridgestone!"). But it is swings and roundabouts. Michelin will bounce back and things will be back to normal. As someone pointed out some time back, the last thing MotoGP needs is to be following F1's lead. Malcolm Rogers Tyneside, UK (email supplied) 22 email us at email@example.com A true nightmare I had many misgivings when the MichaeL Scott MotoGP editor NIGHTMARES can come true. This was the one circumstance that everybody dreaded. Not just a fatal accident, but the death of a 14-year- old, in the Red Bull Rookies Cup. It happened in the US version, running for the first time this year, and the victim was Toriano Wilson of Bermuda. Argentine teen Luciano Ribodino was also badly hurt in the first-lap crash at Virginia International Raceway. He had struck Wilson as he scrambled to get off the track after falling unhurt. These are deadly circumstances, in which Axel Pons, son of double 250 World Champion Sito, was very severely injured earlier this year; and in which current MotoGP safety chief Franco Uncini (another World Champion) came close to death back in the 1980s. First we must unite to acknowledge and share the unimaginable grief of his family. Our deepest condolences. Then we must re-examine our own attitudes to the properness of having children as young as 13 taking part at World Championship events. Bearing in mind that in France, the Red Bull race had a truncated grid, because in that country, they simply refuse to let 13-year-olds take part in road racing, Red Bull steamroller or not. Schoolboys, too young to drink, to drive, to vote or to have sex; and they’re out there on the same tracks and in front of the same crowds as Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner. series was announced. Chiefly the fear of just such a fatal accident. They were overcome, as they had to be, because it was going ahead whether I liked it or not, for two reasons. The first was to acknowledge that these kids had all come from some other form of even more juvenile racing – dirt-track, mini-moto or schoolboy motocross. They’d all be racing anyway. Far better, definitely safer, that they should do it here, with superb circuit facilities, full trackside staff, and crack specialised medical teams standing by, with helicopters. The second is because the racing is often just brilliant. Krazy Kids taking Krazy Kornering lines, on 125 KTMs not far short of the current World Championship machines. Some of them are obviously really good, but even they are at the very beginning of the learning curve. New champion JD Beach is in his second year in the series, but for Brno race-winner Matthew Scholz from South Africa, it was only the fourth time he’d ridden in the wet. Furthermore, the series is run with military precision by Austrian specialists from technical chief Harald Bartol to ex-racer August Auinger. The kids have expert tutelage, are perfectly cared for and fed, and potentially over-partisan parents kept strictly in the background. A thoroughly professional show. This tragic accident makes me wonder if these reasons are still sufficiently powerful. I think they are, but still only just. And that certain bitter taste in the mouth, familiar from the introduction of Red Bull’s series, is back once again. opinion