When asked about the 'flimsiness' of the new one piece race suit that he was developing and its' perceived lack of protection for the rider when crashing Mr Duke replied along the lines of 'The art is not to crash'
We now have the 'premier' series of our sport where it appears to be 'de rigueur' to crash at every available opportunity so the rider can gauge the limit of adhesion, thus then being able to back it off a smidge so as their performance is at its' peak.
I find this incredibly difficult to comprehend.
I know that the occasional trip to the 'upside down world' is inevitable when racing motorcycles, sometimes due to 'pushing the envelope' , unfortunate circumstance , bad luck or sometimes (heaven forbid) downright incompetence.
I know as I have crashed due to all of these circumstances in the past.
However to deliberately crash does seem a somewhat foolhardy method of 'gathering data' so you have the data banked that will ensure you don't fall off in the race, where it counts and then, in some occasions fall off again in the race loosing more ground in the championship to riders who avoided doing so.
I have several proposals that I think may help to curtail the win or bust mentality of many of todays competitors:
1. Crash more than once in free practice an whatever your free practice time and position you go straight into Q1
2. Crash during qualifying and if it is in Q1 despite your position at the end of Q1 you do not advance Q2
3. Crash during Q2 and you lose your fastest Q2 lap time, this would include any action that resulted in the deployment of a 'yellow', such as running into the gravel at the end of the start/finish straight to deliberately inconvenience following riders who lose their lap due to safety reasons. If the telemetry shows a deliberate act of late braking to trigger this is it classified as 'cheating, and the rider incurs a ban from starting that race.
4. Line the circuits with close to the track edge 'Armco barrier', just like in my day. This encouraged a non-crash mentality, however it did not prevent entirely the odd 'spill' and may not be considered to be a viable proposal but merely thought provoking.
5. Riders who are guilty of proceeding on the track at anything but race pace, waiting for 'tow' etc start the race for pit lane.
6. Riders who continually act in anyway to flout these regulations are given a three race suspension, two 3 race suspensions results in a season long ban.
Proposal 1-3 there would be some discretion left for 'Race Control' to lift such penalties if it can be seen that the crasher has been 'unlawfully' tampered with in which case the rider causing the incident takes the penalty.
Edited by tonyed, 27 June 2022 - 13:19.