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GP Week : Issue 154
MotoGP strives to avoid copying F1, at least outwardly. But a suggestion from Bernie Ecclestone last year was replayed several times and in several quarters after Le Mans ... to spice up racing by using sprinklers to provide artificial rain. He may have been joking, but the weather at Le Mans was no joke. Dodgy throughout practice, it was proper wet on Sunday. And (give or take the odd cold trickle down the back of the neck) it meant a thrilling day for 80,205 hardy fans. It’s a fact that wet races are generally the best. Apart from being slower, lasting longer and being easier to follow, they test riders and teams more than the dry, where results are generally far more predictable. Rain gives those on lesser bikes a greater chance. As Rossi proved. “When you want rain,” he laughed after wards, “it means you are in the shit.” But that doesn’t mean that favoured factory riders necessarily fall by the wayside. Lorenzo’s Le Mans win was a towering achievement, of consistency and brinkmanship. The worst conditions are when it is half- and-half. For the riders. But for fans even this tricky mixture of wet and dry can double the excitement, if conditions change mid-race forcing a bike swap. Yet another dimension is added. It’s safer when it stays the same all race, though. With this in mind, and given the enthusiasm for new rules, compulsory sprinklers would solve the problems. Races could be designated officially ‘wet’ without the inconvenience of having to await the weather. Consistent track conditions could be guaranteed. And the racing would benefit as a result. RAIN STARTS PLAY MOTOGP >>> LE <MANS 25 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: