1. I don't believe MM and JL have an agreement.
2. Both of them CLEARLY would prefer to not have Rossi win the Championship.
3. JL because he wants to win it.
4. MM because he feels Rossi caused him to crash multiple times this season and LOSE any chance he has of the championship. His own manager says this is the case.
5. JL SHOULD have only "done his job" - unfortunately, he did NOT. He broke into the RD meeting that had nothing to do with him to complain about Rossi and demand that RD punish Rossi, when the events on the track had NOTHING to do with him. He acted like a little prick.
6. It was quite CLEAR to EVERYONE with a brain what MM was doing in this last race.
7. It was not as clear in Australia until Rossi brought it up. And, Iannone AGREED with Rossi that MM was purposely slowing them down.
8. MM let JL go by in this last race like a back marker lets a lapping rider through, without even a HINT of a challenge. THAT was as CLEAR as daylight to anyone with a brain.
9. Yes, Rossi pushed MM wide. He had the racing line. He was in front. According to the rules, he has choice of line as long as he is not riding dangerously. There was ZERO danger in his line. MM drove straight back into him, as was bound to happen with the way the little prick was riding.
10. One can only assume that RD did not punish MM again, because he fell off and received no points anyway. I firmly believe the little twat should be taught a lesson and should have collect much more sanction than simply losing points because he crashed into Rossi and fell. He has ridden like this, crashed into and tried to dominate other racers repeatedly throughout his career.
Marc (sic!) my words...he is going to end up badly hurting himself or someone else if he continues to ride like a moron. RD should take the necessary action.
I predict that Bot will win the next race and MM will again let JL through if Rossi is in 6th or better position. Watch for it....
FWIW I enjoy the discussions. You're ''talking me down'' into actually watching this debacle finish next weekend with less pessimism in mind going in.
2. Yup, for sure now.
4. Has Emilio Alzamora confirmed that? Rossi seems to be the only witness to this conversation. MM IMO could have cared less. No one seemed to ''see anything'' until rossi saw it, including MM.
5. Disagree. Of course the results of that hearing impacted him. JLo had a stiffer penalty for this in a previous event and was looking for parity, parity we all know doesn't exist in MGP as long as rossi is there. For this lack of parity I don't blame rossi, I blame the governing bodies who allowed this situation to happen. To a lesser extent I blame Yamaha. JLo would have done his job if Yamaha had done theirs. TBF Yamaha had the unenviable situation of two riders competing for a title with one facing penalty and one not being properly represented; supporting one will be injurious to the other. Overall, pointing out the hypocrisy of MGP when it comes to certain riders is never an issue imo.
6. Julian Ryder and Steve Parrish would disagree. As would lap times. rossi arguing he would have been there with Dani is inane, he was no where near Dani all weekend.
7. Iannone, is that an Italian name?
Come on, this has clearly caused riders to choose sides and would Iannone really get any peace saying rossi was wrong. Didn't you hear about what happened in Spain to MM's family? Imagine Iannone's in Italy. Iannone was on rossi's side without having to view the tape. Besides,this is political. Iannone is not going to blow future opportunities in Italy or with rossi over this.
8. Again Ryder et al would disagree. Laptimes disagree as well.
9. Disagree. Another poster gives some good pts on this.
10. RD nor Yamaha saw fit to punish MM or lodge a protest for PI or Sepang. Neither is known to be kind to MM or forgiving. Jarvis would have done something, lodged a complaint if he saw evidence of malfeasance.
I think MM should ride smarter, yes, but I also think rossi needs to be careful. This whole debacle was decidedly un-rossi like. Ryder comments on how drawn and haggard rossi looked in the last few races. This season has taken a toll. Hopefully he isn't pushed too far beyond his limits keeping up.
A good read.
Only thing I will add is that your assessment doesn't include, by omission or comission, an assessment of rossi's actions in this debacle.