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MotoGP in Valencia: 6 Things That Made the Four Press Conferences So, So Special

Everyone has been talking about moving on. They have been harping about dusting off the Sepang episode and focusing on Valencia. Sane voices have been overrun, shouldered aside by the fanatics who have called for crashes… and those are the polite ones. What is it about racing that turns us into rabid fanatics?

To add the required masala to this particular chicken curry, the pre-race press conference was called off, Valentino Rossi put in an appeal to CAS (to defer or cancel his penalty), and the big bosses from the Permanent Bureau requested a pre-race weekend meeting with all the teams and the racers.

Wait. Did you actually expect us to forget and move on? Really? How?

Anyhoo, while all the other teams were doing what they do best {Prepare for a race! What did you think}, Yamaha and Honda were busy sending out press releases.

He kicked.

No he didn’t.

Yes, he did.

We will not acknowledge your press release.

Yes, he did.

Not reading it!

I have proof!

Not reading it at all!

Thursday came around. CAS dismissed Rossi’s appeal so the Goat will start from the back of the grid. Meanwhile in a closed door meeting, the Permanent Bureau told the racers that “sport must prevail”, i.e. We are watching your every move. That is the official version. Then came 4 back-to-back press conferences – everyone looked like that sheepish Labrador you see in Youtube videos. You know, the one where the Lab is caught on camera for shredding the entire living room, or eating the Thanksgiving turkey. Well, everyone except Dani Pedrosa, though even he sported that look at one point during the conference!

So here are the main highlights of the 4 most awaited interviews ahead of the final race of the 2015 season.

I

I am sorry! Really.

So, those Youtube videos doing the rounds were right! They were so blurry, I thought the fanatics were just seeing things. But apparently Jorge Lorenzo did indeed give Rossi a thumbs down while on the podium in Sepang. Perhaps it is all that booing?

But he’s sorry. Really. He is. “About the past, I just want to say the gesture I made on the podium is a mistake…I regret that. It’s not a sporting example, especially for young people watching MotoGP around the world…Apart from this, I don’t have anything more to say. I only want to speak about what will happen in the future on the racetrack.”

Happy Happy: Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi pose with official 2015 livery at the start of the season. Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team; editorial use only

Happy Happy: Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi pose with official 2015 livery at the start of the season. Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team; editorial use only

II

Understatements

While talking about his relationship with Yamaha, Lorenzo said, “Naturally all marriages have some moments of disagreement, and these things can happen…Our relationship in the future will be the same…Valentino and myself form one of the best teams in the world.”

Editor’s comment: ROFL

III

Regrets!

Do you regret anything?

Errrr! Going wide! I regret going wide.

Well, that’s as close we will ever come to an acknowledgement of what happened. Valentino Rossi was asked if he regretted anything. He thought for a moment and then said, “Unfortunately I don’t have any other choice. I just regret going wide and not to follow my normal line…Except for that, it’s better that we speak about this weekend.”

For a moment there, when he was talking I thought he was going to say he regretted Marquez crashing.

Maybe it’s a bit too soon for that!

“I regret going wide”
Image courtesy Yamaha Racing Team; editorial use only

IV

More Regrets…Or Lack Thereof

Marc Marquez on the other hand probably gained a lot more haters than usual. He was asked the same question as Rossi i.e. do you regret anything?

Pat came the reply, “I just regret that I didn’t finish the race for my team. In every race, I’m trying to do my best.”

Around the world, Rossi fans self-combusted.

Twitter melted and collapsed within itself a la black hole.

I regret not finishing the race! Image courtesy Honda Racing Corporation, editorial use only

I regret not finishing the race!
Image courtesy Honda Racing Corporation, editorial use only

V

Will you just stop saying Sepang?

Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez both let it slip (or acknowledged may be better if I want to take this whole thing really, really seriously), that FIM president Vito Ippolito and Dorna chief executive Carmelo Ezpeleta have asked the riders to refrain from discussing Sepang and to focus on the future.

Editor’s comment: Were you really expecting a serious article? Haven’t we all been so obsessively serious about this? We really need to take a chill pill! Or have a rum and coke, whichever rocks your boat! It’s a race. Let’s race, for crying out loud!

VI

Dani Pedrosa

What can I say about this incredible man? I take back all the mean, nasty comments I ever made. All of them. He is the one bright spark in this entire mess! He is sanity and reason. Someone should just make him the PR person for the entire MotoGP paddock just so he can whack anyone who says something stupid.

He gave us the quote that should define MotoGP as a sport.

“I am not really racing for getting all the attention of people, I race because I like it and I like to win. I like these feelings and these emotions when I win. Sure it was less in the press about my victory than the action on track, but my emotions were the same! Super happy for it. I’m happy because I stuck to my attitude and values, I always want to do the things the way I feel and it is nice people recognize that.”

Dani Pedrosa, the real star at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Image courtesy Bridgestone Motorsports Media, for editorial use only

Dani Pedrosa, the real star at the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Image courtesy Bridgestone Motorsports Media, for editorial use only

Now, could we focus on the racing?

Please?

P.S. Highlight of Valencia GP has to be Jack Miller’s Movember look! The moustache is a tad straggly…but it works!

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