<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD>Quote, originally posted by 998R »
</TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> He wasn't reckless...but he meant it!
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Ok, with the understanding that were not talking about skill, eye hand coordination, physical conditioning, advanced ability at bike set-up etc....... my input is simple, and it applies to any successful motor racer.
You mention he wasn't reckless, but I think successful racers operate at a level that approaches recklessness ....... kind of a controlled recklessness.
You've heard the term 'red mist', and I think these guys operate on a razors edge approaching this loss of control. It consists of a level of intense aggression that is directed at only one thing: getting by the guy in front.
*Gulp* ....... man, am I going to get in trouble for this. I would wager that this is part of the reason why females don't get to the top of world class racing ...... this kind of aggression is generally not part of thier personality. There are exceptions, sure. But it's so much more prevalant in the male of the species that there are just too many in the talent pool for females to get a chance.
(asking myself why, oh why did you say that?
What's the announcers name for MotoGP? The older guy ......
He was talking about Rossi once when he had the championship wrapped up and the question as to whether or not Rossi would back off a bit during the race.
Rossi's laps times only got faster, because as the announcer put it "He's a racer
. A special breed (and there are many others) that live to get by the guy in front at whatever cost.