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I watched the race, can anyone tell me why JL kicked his right foot out after he lapped Yates,, was Yates sapose to kneel down before him, as though Yates was not worthy of him? This kind of classing does this fragile sport no good!! JL the most unlikable rider in the sport. This track sucks, hated to see so many fall to it
Yates was clearly slower and should have moved off the line.
Wasn’t it Steve Rapp that Lorenzo had trouble passing? I believe he passed Yates with ease. Apparently Rapp was never blue flagged, so I think it falls more on the shoulders of the track officials than Rapp himself.
Think John is right that it was Rapp. Not a fan of JL particularly, but here he was more than justified to be pissed. Rapp’s lap times were 4 seconds slower than JL, so himself being out of contention, he had no business holding up a rider fighting for a podium spot. The tight, narrow sections made it obviously difficult for JL to pass Rapp without Rapp’s pulling aside, and cost JL seconds (though luckily race outcome was not affected). Rapp should have moved over.
Rapp should have moved if he saw flags but nobody knows if the corner workers were on point with it. If there were no flags I wouldnt move ether, who knows whos behind you. He had 2 places to lose you know. But no question, if there were flags thrown his way no doubt he should have moved.
JL’s gap fore and aft was about 3 seconds, i think, so no threats, right? still dont understand his drama. Its sad to see such a class difference within the class if you know what I mean, surely this guy did slow him down but DP was way ahead and fat chance of catching him. Like Rossi says “this is the races”
+1 on the blue flags. No flags means that the rider in front can assume that he’s racing for position and, therefore, has no requirement to even look behind him. I can understand that JL might have been frustrated, but whether there was fault is a separate issue. I’m sure Race Direction looked at it.
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