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GP Week : Issue 99
GPWEEK OPINION >> racing that it's every man for himself -- or they re- write it with explicit clauses saying when and how it is permissible, and when it isn't. Another decision to come out of the WMSC's get- together is this move to take drivers' racing licences away if they're caught driving dangerously on the road. You can see why the FIA wants this. They use F1 drivers to promote their very worthwhile road safety campaigns. BUT there is a total gulf between the methodology of race driving and road driving. It's like night and day. There's no reason to believe a professional racing driver should automatically be a safe road driver. Or that they are in any way sensible. In my experience -- and I've grabbed enough lifts with F1 drivers to know this -- the complete opposite is true. If the FIA want to use racing drivers to promote road safety, it's their gamble! the track had been cleared before the pack arrived the next time. Assumptions of enslavement to TV schedules are not valid: there was still a lunch break to come and time in hand. The haste was because Tomizawa was not breathing, and there was a potentially life-saving respirator in the nearby ambulance. It's less easy to explain why Scott Redding was likewise so hastily bundled off on a stretcher after looping 50 metres through the air and landing very heavily. If there had been spinal injuries, rough handling could have made them much worse. Surely the 17-year-old should have been cared for where he was? As it turned out, there were no complications. Redding by a great mercy, needed stitches in his back, but nothing was broken. Whew! But it looks like something needs to be done to standardise the medical protocol: the race was stopped instantly in Germany after de Puniet had been run over (broken leg). All of us would like to see fallen riders treated with the same conspicuous caution, always. Take note, Motegi track staff. This rough treatment should not be seen again. There is one culprit rather more nebulous. It lurks within ourselves, and everywhere else in the sport. Indeed, it is the sport. Consider the dilemma presented by this horrible crash. For many, it crystallised the thought that Moto2, with 40 bikes with identical engines, is just too dangerous. There have been several multiple crashes already this year: by pure luck with no serious injuries until now. But this same thought needs to find a way to exist alongside another: that MotoGP is in serious doldrums, because it has become so processional. There's barely any overtaking at the front. Politely spaced out, it's follow-my-leader. Literally. We want closer racing. At the same time, we also don't want it to be too close. Just close enough. I hope, in sad and respectful memory of Tomizawa-San, that this nirvana is attainable. rders become acceptable? 25