Disgusted

Discussion in 'Motorcycling' started by AS1960, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. AS1960

    AS1960 Member

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    when I first became a fan of motorsport, i felt safe in the knowledge that the brutal days were behind, and i was patronising a "fun" sport. this past week has made me realise it's a brutal sport not worthy of patronage
     
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  2. babyhornetdan

    babyhornetdan Well-Known Member

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    All sports come with their own set of dangers either in the extremes of Motor GP/World Superbikes and other motorbike sports where you are literally inches from the tarmac hurtling around the circuit at up to 200mph, or Rugby where you have a 20 stone beast charging at you with no protection, or MMA/UFC where you have two huge men knocking 7 bells out of each other. Even football has its risks and there have been injuries in Basketball which is a no contact sport. There are risks in everything we do, it is just how we manage those risks which matters.

    This accident (and thats exactly what it is, a tragic accident) was a fluke and the first fatal accident in MotoGP since Japan's Daijiro Katoh died from injuries sustained at the 2003 Japanese GP. We will have to wait and see what the verdict is as to what precisely killed him, but i would not be surprised if it had something to do with his helmet coming off. Even now the FIM are looking into this to see what can be done to protect the riders.
     
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  3. TheSecondStain

    TheSecondStain Needs an early night

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    That's not my emotion. Great sadness. The brutal days are behind. Motorsport is safer, but it's still very dangerous. In bike racing, the penalty one pays for making a mistake, or the machine having a problem, far outweighs the crime. The people race because that's what they want to do, and it's what they're brilliant at.

    Above all others, bike racing is a fun motorsport, but let's not forget that it is also a serious business. RIP Marco. Super talent, and a smashing lad too.
     
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  4. r s o u l

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    Exactly what these two replies have said. When Marco was sliding the back wheel round a corner at some insane speed do we not think that he was having fun? To fekkin right he was...he lived more in one corner, one race, one overtake than most of us will live in a lifetime.

    It is sad and it is tragic but he died doing what he loved and giving it full gas.

    R.I.P Marco #58 gone but never to be forgotten.
     
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    Well said mate <applause>

    Rest in peace Marco and thanks for the thrills
    <rose>
     
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  6. Basil_Brushzenberger

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    You obviously became a fan of motorsport in a state of total ignorance.
     
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  7. AS1960

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    Indeed that is the case
     
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  8. TomTom94

    TomTom94 Well-Known Member

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    So what sports do you watch?
    Do you watch football, a game in which a game with no player being injured is considered a miracle and broken bones are commonplace?
    Do you watch rugby, which requires full-body contact as a key part of the game?
    Do you watch American football, which is so bad the players have to wear armour?
    Do you watch horse racing, where jockeys frequently end up injured, to say nothing of the horses?

    There are associated risks with every single sport, no sport can ever be 100% safe. Motorsport has come a long way forward in terms of safety; there have been a number of crashes in Formula One in the last few years alone that 10-15 years ago the driver wouldn't have had a hope of walking away from. (I'm thinking Webber and Kubica).
    Motorcycling in particular there is the danger of the person becoming detached but they still have other forms of protection like the whacking great helmet that in Marco's case tragically became detached, and that's what you're forgetting - both Marco Simoncelli and Dan Wheldon were the victims of tragic accidents. They died doing what they loved, but they still died far too young, and should be missed - not have the sports they gave their lives to criticised for "not doing enough for safety", when there are certain things you simply cannot prepare for. If this **** happened every race you'd have a point, as it stands you just sound like a five year-old who hasn't been told how death works.

    Now either get some respect or get off this board.
     
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  9. AS1960

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    Respect I have, and you have no right to tell me what I should do on this board or not. These are my sentiments and I'm entitled to them. Is the number of footballers dying on the field the same as those who have died motor-racing. Get real and accept the fact that no matter how much they add to safety, the risk is always greater in motorsport, and acknowledging that risk doesn't mean I do not respect those who are involved, simply that it's a terrible waste of life when someone dies for the sake of "sport", I'm sure their families want more time with them, and I'm sure they'd want to live longer, unlike you who can't seem to realize that
     
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