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07-13-2003, 11:58 AM
Pretty good race I thought. First off, going into turn 1 on lap 2, am I wrong or did Rossi pass under a waving yellow?? If so, shouldn't he have been penalized, what would that penalty be, Stop/Go? Too bad Colin started to go backwards. I thought he was going to take Bayliss, guess maybe he cooked the tire. Nice job by Haga. I hope the improvement continues for the Cube and for Hayden. He's looking really good also.

07-13-2003, 12:12 PM
Rossi was penalized (10 seconds) and victory was awarded to Biaggi. Rossi ended up third.
I was glad to be able to see some of the aprilias, but was surprised at how "lively" they look. One of aprilia's strong point has always been handling... maybe they are trying to make the Cube handle like a less-powerful-faster-in-the-corners 250 or even SBK. Could that be the problem? Edwards was usually so smooth and now he was looking like McCoy. Too bad they didn't do any better than that...

07-13-2003, 03:19 PM
I just read that on RRW. I don't understand why they did it after the race. Is that the rule that it is asessed after the race is complete? My point being, if the HRC team were to know that a 10 sec penalty was enforced during the race, that info could've been passed on to Rossi. Maybe he could've increased his gap to over 10 sec, vice keeping it at 2 sec. Or was the FIM going to overlook it because it was Rossi, until someone (Biaggi maybe) complained after the race with video to back it up??

throttle junkie
07-14-2003, 04:53 AM
edwards lost a knee slider early on - which is obviously gonna slow him a bit.....

dont think rossi deserved a 10 sec penelty - he rode really well and beat max easily - biaggi probably complained to get the win

Aldo Steptoe
07-14-2003, 06:05 AM
Saw something come from Edwards or the Cube. So it was a knee slider.

Was thinkin' as it happened he should get 10sec penalty. Only heard the next day. In Rossi's defence, maybe he didn't see it as he had capirossi between him and the flag. Maybe Loris rolled off. Anyways its fair IMO and will not change the world championship result. Maybe just keep it undecided a bit longer. At least until PI anyway<img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/grin.gif ALT=" >D">

Smoke Eater 41
07-14-2003, 07:48 AM
It was nice to see a little of the old Haga showing up. I'm starting to enjoy these races again now that Aprilia is making a good showing.

07-14-2003, 10:53 AM
It was great to actually see the Cube and the Aprilia riders on TV for a change. Usually all we see of Haga is him getting up from a crash out in the gravel somewhere.

07-14-2003, 04:18 PM
According to Italian website www.motonline.com it were the British journalist the ones who complained after a comment from Pons (who was actually unhappy with his comment being used like that). Both Biaggi and Gibernau disagreed with FIM's decision but Rossi was penalized anyway. The 10 seconds value they come up with was also out of the sleeve...

07-14-2003, 07:18 PM
I thought that what was most telling was how gracious Rossi was about the whole thing after the fact. I don't care how far ahead you are in the championship, to get knocked down to 3rd on a technicality has to be annoying, but his quotes were as gracious as ever. Meanwhile, all Biaggi had to say about it was something along the lines of 'now he knows how I felt in '98 when the same thing happened to me.' What a whiner! I want to not like Rossi, as I always prefer the underdog, but he is impossible to dislike and absolutely astounding to watch!!!! Fortunately, I've got Colin and Nori to satisfy my need to support an underdog.


07-14-2003, 11:58 PM
Sam - I think you read someting different than I did in Biaggi's post-win comments. I think he was epathizing with Rossi's lament about losing the win by comparing his similar situation in 1998.

From AMASuperbike.com news:
Biaggi was magnanimous in victory. "The decision of the race officials means that the 25 points go my way, but as a rider I can sympathise with Rossi. I understand what he must be feeling at this time because the same thing happened to me in Barcelona in 1998 when I had won on the track. The only difference is that the decision subsequently cost me the Championship."

Now, if he really said that is another story altogether...

07-16-2003, 01:13 AM
Well they're off testing a new chassis for the Cube - I guess that means the bike has been almost totally rebuilt! And what are these rumours that Edwards is leaving?

Ricky J
07-16-2003, 10:31 AM
Edwards himself publicly refuted those rumors last week-he feels he's getting excellent support from Aprilia and the project is moving forward. One year on a team is not enough to get optimal results so he's staying on. Good!

Stu Jones
07-16-2003, 03:19 PM
How can you call being penalised for overtaking on a waved yellow a technicality? A waved yellow normally means there are still people at danger at the corner, He was putting the marshals and maybe the fallen rider at risk by not taking notice of the flag marshal. You get a bigger penalty for a jump start and all that does is gain you a bit of an advantage, passing under waved yellow puts people at risk!