A few days ago Santi, one of our readers, sent us a clue on Twitter. The colleagues of the Superbike Planet site wrote an article regarding Héctor Barberá's statements about the future of the Pramac team's Ducati Desmosedici in 2013. Héctor has seen fit to emphasize that, perhaps, his work has been better than that of Ben spies during this 2012, driver who will be part of the green team next season, and who deserves the Ducatist opportunity more than the Texan. A statement that in the Anglo-Saxon world has felt like a punch in the pit of the stomach. A world, by the way, huge and very important - for something we swallowed the death of Indianapolis -.
Drunk with arrogance. This is how the Dos Aguas pilot has been seen in the United States after reading his words. They have recalled that Ben Spies is an AMA champion rider, world champion and winner of races in MotoGP. Whereas Hector simply is not.
So far there is no problem, it is just an American defending his pilot. Or a person who simply believes that Ben deserves more that Ducati than Hector, an opinion as valid as all. The doubt arises when you keep reading those lines and you come across this comment in question:
Let's see. In the first place, the Americans are not exactly the best suited to accuse anyone of being “anti-nothing,” much less in the world of motorcycling. No one complained when the queen category was based on the continued dominance of US pilots: Kenny Roberts, Randy Mamola, Kevin Schwantz, Freddie Spencer, Eddie Lawson, Wayne Rainey… I don't remember because according to the case, he wasn't even born. However, what I know is that no one wonders if the dominance of these drivers was bad for entertainment, as they do now with the national drivers. On the contrary, I have not yet heard a single bad word about their figures, because they are that, great figures in the history of motor sport.
They got those numbers thanks in large part to the infrastructures that in his country made possible the development of great talents. Neither Spain, nor Italy, nor many of the European countries were then in a position to even be able to approach them. We were or had just come out of a dictatorship and in the old continent the damage of the Second World War in so many generations was still very present.
There is no anti-American sentiment, we are simply reaping the fruits of an enormous effort by administrations, organizations, federations, professionals in the sector and fans who for decades have left everything for motorcycling. If in 2012 we are a sports powerhouse, it is thanks to hard work. However, we must not fall into "not knowing how to win."
When our colleagues from the north of the American continent refer to the “MotoGP system” they are undoubtedly referring to the strong relationship between the CEV and the world championship. Both, coincidentally, run by the same company, Dorna, also from our country but international with offices in Japan. The objective of the Spanish Speed Championship should be the development of young national riders and offer a show with riders who have already established themselves.
Something that certainly does, The CEV works like a charm as a school and a pilots' cradle. The problem is that, luckily or unfortunately, having raced in our country has become an essential requirement to enter the world championship. Why does Spain have to be an obligation for a rider competing at an international level?
We have created the need to race in the small categories of the CEV to be able to enter MotoGP. But I wonder, where did Dorna say that she would close the doors to the rest of the world to favor her, then small, national championship? Are the CEV pilots "so better" than the rest? Perhaps, it goes through my head, what happens is that there are no opportunities for progress to riders who do not go through the national ring first. And even if they pass, sometimes it is not worth winning - Hello, Kev Coughlan -. We are based on the fact that we are privileged to have the climate that we enjoy and the circuits that we have. Although this pillar falls to the ground when I think of the black clouds that have accompanied the MotoGP calendar even in the Losail desert.
And so I can understand the American anger with the words of Héctor Barberá, a rider who "only" has the title of 125cc champion of Spain in 2002, but who runs for the best team on the planet. For Héctor, a Superbike world champion in the year of his debut without knowing the circuits and with a single bad season, he is below the list of VIPs in the premier class. I don't blame him, somehow we've gotten so high on the vine that we consider the smallest of our categories the best point of a curriculum and a 500 World Champion can afford not to know where he comes from Kenan Sofuoglu.
We look at our navels so much, we believe we are so superior and owners of the world of two wheels, that we have the courage to call a race held at the Albacete circuit “European”.
Let no one get me wrong, I am very proud of many of the CEV's features, but there are others that I am ashamed of. To mention, I remember the lack of prestige that someone like Carmelo Morales has, because instead of having distributed wax with 125cc grinders or 250cc small tractors, it has done it with a thousand or in Moto2.
Perhaps, the logical step before the World Championship, would be one of European level in which to participate in 12 of the current 18 Grand Prix and leave the door open to Australians, Americans, South Africans… In fact there were, with 125cc, 250cc, 600cc and Superbike categories. With pilots like Juan Borja, Alex Hofmann, Daniel Amatriaín, Luis d’Antin, Arnaud Vincent, Régis Laconi… or Max Biaggi. Wouldn't you like this championship back? In the last four seasons the pilots of our country have won ten of the 15 European races held.
Perhaps, and it is only a suggestion, it would be good and would accommodate all those teams that are asking to enter the World Cup but have no place.
Let's be good winners and show that our best drivers don't need any kind of favoritism to climb to the top of the world.
PS: there is life beyond MotoGP: Superbikes, British Superbikes, Tourist Trophy, Flat Track, Ice Racing, Motocross, Supermoto, Freestyle …