Motorsport can be dangerous, as it says on the passes handed out by Dorna for MotoGP. We got a harsh reminder of just how dangerous it can be at the Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Both the Moto2 and MotoGP races had to be red-flagged after serious crashes left the track strewn with debris. There were some terrifying near misses, with not one but two riders having their helmets clipped by airborne motorcycles, and Valentino Rossi seeing first a Ducati GP19, and then his life flash before his eyes.
Fortunately, everyone escaped largely unharmed, except for some massive bruises and a few suspected minor fractures. All being well, everyone should line up on the grid again in seven days' time, to do it all over again. We may question the wisdom of that, but untrammeled ambition breeds courage, the will to win an appetite for risk. That is just the way motorcycle racers are wired.
In among the drama, motorcycle races were held. The crashes and disruption ended up having a significant effect on the races, and those races, in turn, had an important impact on the 2020 championship. New faces on the podium once again underlined that we are in a new era in MotoGP, as did the strength of the KTM once again.
In these subscriber notes:
- The Zarco-Morbidelli incident dissected
- Motorcycle racing is dangerous, but how much danger is too much?
- The mental toughness of MotoGP riders
- How the restarted race meant riders running out of tires
- Andrea Dovizioso denies that this is getting his revenge
- The strength of the Suzukis
- KTM clean sweep on the cards?
- Why Alex Rins tried and failed to pass Dovizioso
- Brake overheating for some, but not all
- The championship is wide open. Can we really rule Marc Márquez out?
There is much to talk about, but we start with the biggest unspoken philosophical question underlying MotoGP, and all forms of motorcycle racing: just how much danger is acceptable in a motorcycle race?
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