Today we saw 3 fantastic races! Moto3 started with a bang, and Moto2 was exciting as always. I really thought that Stoner would win that MotoGP race, up until the last 10 laps when it looked like he was dying in the arse.
Twitter is like my MotoGP family, and some of the things I saw today really disgusted me. The bashing other riders and tall poppy syndrome has to stop! I must admit, that I have been a guilty party in that many years ago, but never to the nastiness that I saw today. For those who I talk to on social media, I’ve never been quiet about the fact that Stoner can ride the tits off a bull, but his PR and general manner off the bike needs working on. If you had won as many races as Stoner did last season, of course you would be disappointed in not winning today. In fact I’d bet my bottom dollar that everyone who came 2nd to last was disappointed that they weren’t on the top step of the podium. But I actually thought that in his post race interview, Stoner today came across with a maturity and manner I don’t think I’ve seen in him for a while. It’s no secret that he’s not happy with the chatter of the bike, yet nearly all his comments were about him, and how he couldn’t hold onto the bike, not a bad reflection on the team. You can spin that however you want, and a lot of you did. But I really believe that he has listened to the feedback that fans have given him. I call things like I see them, this is a new season, a new start for everyone, especially after what happened in Sepang last year.
Everyone deserves second chances, and everyone can change. I’m actually really looking forward to seeing what he does off the bike for the rest of the year. If he keeps going the way he did in that interview, he could really change my opinion of him, and I hope that others have an open mind just as much.
And the same goes for every other rider, in fact everyone in general!! Regardless of if I have a good or bad opinion of you, it could be changed this season, depending on how you hold yourself.
I’m a Rossi fan, and I’ve never made any secret of that either. But I’m really disappointed in the majority of Rossi fans out there. Putting other riders down isn’t going to make him win races. And neither is making comments about fans turning their back on him, just because we’re being realistic isn’t going to change the results either. Lets face it, Rossi is the most popular person on the track, so there were a LOT of disappointed fans out there, myself included. But all you’re going to do is divide the MotoGP community if people continue the way they are going, the same community that banded together to help each other through tragedy last year. I will always support Rossi, and his highly successful team. If you think of it as a team sport, some of them have won many more world championships then he has.
My obsession with MotoGP will last far longer than a riders professional career. So it’s only natural that I take an interest in other riders, and start following their progress too. Does that mean that I don’t like him any less – of course not! He is my king, but I need to find some princes to support while they do battle to take the crown once he leaves the throne. I know that it will happen eventually, and I guarantee you I will be obsessed with the sport long after he leaves.
But I refuse to delude myself with anything but what I see is the truth, and that doesn’t mean I like him any less. In fact I think that means that I’m a mature fan who can see all angles. I do wonder though, how many people like Rossi more than MotoGP? And what will happen when he leaves, will they leave too? A very worrying thought for a sport that is already struggling – we can’t afford to lose any more fans!
I really worry about the Rossi/Ducati team, and how they’re holding up. There’s no doubt that they’re all strong guys, but they’re also not used to losing for this long. It sounds like they’ve made major changes in the break, yet they haven’t got any results from it. I hope that they can band together, and get through to the other side. This must be so tough for all of them. I really hope they can bounce back, but as they say ‘no news is good news’ and the fact that no one from Rossi/Ducati camp have tweeted yet speaks miles for me.
I’m begging everyone…. be nice. I’m not saying don’t criticize anyone, it’s a factor that keeps the sport going! But remember everyone is a real person. Don’t say anything that you wouldn’t say to them in a coffee shop, if they weren’t famous, when you are just sitting down having a casual chat. Just because they are famous does not give us the right to hurt their feelings.