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GP Week : Issue 116
The arguments raged late into the night at Le Mans, and will continue much longer. Was Simoncelli’s over take of Dani Pedrosa correct? From the sidelines, it seemed hard but fair. Dani was ahead as they started braking, but Simoncelli swept past in the braking zone, and was clearly ahead as he swung across to the apex. He didn’t quite get there, so it looked as though there was still some room for Pedrosa. But Dani was squeezed too hard, had to pick up the bike, and hit Simoncelli’s back wheel. Both might have crashed, as it happened only Pedrosa did. Looked like a racing incident, to most of us. Race direction thought otherwise, and acted quickly to slap a ride- through penalty on the impetuous Italian. Was it right or wrong? There were several doubtful points: One was that Lorenzo had done very much the same to Dovizioso early in the race, missing his braking and running right into him. Why was he not penalised when Simoncelli was? Another was the nationalities and personalities involved. Had Simoncelli been the victim, would Dani have been penalised? Probably not, ran the consensus. And what if the victim had been someone from the back, like Karel Abraham? It would probably have passed unnoticed. In the end, one surprise came from Rossi, who until now has been the only voice in support of Simoncelli, whose riding tactics have caused much debate in the premier class. “For me, I think that this time Simoncelli was too hard. He didn’t leave space for Dani. Also, in that part of the race Simoncelli was strong and faster than Dani. He did not need to overtake there, in that way.” When Rossi speaks, the arguments tend to be over. Race direction must have heaved a sigh of relief when they heard that. Should overtaking be banned? 26