mhog1234, on 29 April 2012 - 04:32 AM, said:
The shame of all of this drama is the fans are the ones who are losing out. It appears JS7 is not going to ride for JGR anymore, so I don't think it's the sore wrist keeping him home. I would have thought he could have finished out the Supercross season and did something different for the outdoors. I'm not a JS7 fan or hater, but think of the numerous people that came to see him in the cities he didn't show up at (not to race, not to sign autographs, nothing). That's pretty poor on his part no matter what he thinks of the bike. Now, hopefully, the situation will get resolved soon and he will show up on some brand of bike and race. That's what the fans want to see, racing....
Yes, the fans lose when the best riders don't show up. That's bad for the sport.
But, he said he would be behind the gate at Hangtown, so he has a chance to make it good.
Even worse the the JS7/JGR drama, is the the injuries and the effect that they have on championships. Yes, injuries are part of the sport, but this year, all 5 of the top riders have lost significant time to injury. I personally don't really like those pogo stick, single line, arenacross inspired circus tracks where they spend 35% of their time in the air like the trapeze guy under the big top. I do hope that they are looking at ways of adjusting the tracks to keep the injuries down.,
Remember years ago when Nascar started with the whole restrictor plate business to keep the speeds down just a little. It sure saved the teams millions of dollars from damage cars and broken riders. It also did quite a bit to level the field and make it less about the machine and more about the driver. It made for some tighter, yet safer racing. The racers finish the series.