It was declared a wet race, so surely they could have come in to change to inters or wets? Yes, the change would take a considerable amount of time, but if the rider feels it's too dangerous, it's a choice he can make, is it not..?
I don't buy the "they knew the risks" argument as a universal absolver-of-blame.
As Neil Hodgson said during the Brno round, usually the riders need protecting from themselves. Most riders unilaterally making the call to put themselves totally out of contention for points (do WSBK teams even have quick-change equipment for tyres?) would probably be out on their arse. These times are tough, and riders who don't do the maximum for their team and sponsor's interests -- regardless of their own safety -- will find themselves quickly Guintoli-ed. As Jared Earle alluded in his race report at Motomatters, it's not a coincidence that the top 3 in Race 1 were riders with very uncertain contract situations and no championship prospects to think about. Do you think the likes of Baz, Fabrizio and Badovini have made so much money from racing that they can afford to sit out a year, waiting for the right opportunity to come their way?
Loris Baz especially has a real once-in-a-lifetime opportunity going right now. Plenty of riders as talented as him never got the chances, but due to a weird and sad combination of circumstances he's lucked into one of the best rides in the world. For three months. No, I don't think he had much of a choice but to go for it.
Edited by Risil, 13 August 2012 - 13:51.