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Talk, we have talked a lot about the subject of the Japanese GP, whether the pilots are the ones who have the right to decide whether or not to go, if they do not have a decision but an obligation to fulfill their contracts. We have talked about the human factor, because that is what they finally are, and about the dangers of radiation that may or may not exist in Motegi. After so much word (not talk) we know that Jorge Lorenzo has changed his mind and he will go to Japan, we do not know anything about Casey Stoner officially (but unofficially if you follow Dennis Noyes), and there is only the unknown of Valentino Rossi and Ducati (and Marlboro).
My doubts may be reasonable for some and abhorrent to others, but why all the fuss? It is worth that Formula 1 is held this year in Suzuka, which is comparatively further away and therefore in appearance is safer for health, and that's why the riders say they don't understand the doubts of their MotoGP counterparts. I have a lot of questions and the first is why does it have so much media coverage and there is so much rejection in MotoGP, but we have not read anything about Moto2 or 125cc? I'm not saying that no pilot has protested, but we have found out?
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There may be two readings, or many more if we stop long enough, but I think everything has developed like this because of moneynaive of me The sponsors with more muscle did not want a stir among the pilots (Repsol, Marlboro), the contracts exist and cannot be "bypassed", public opinion is alarmist and that is why independent reports are commissioned to try to reassure it. We already know that today half the population is an expert in nuclear energy. Moto2 and 125cc riders don't have so much media pull like the (few) stars of MotoGP, and if Lorenzo and Stoner joined forces to raise their voices, there would be no organization other than Honda or Yamaha that could shut them down.
And for that reason, although surely some pilot of the lower categories would prefer to stay at home, contracts and their low media power make everything in borage water. That there has been no agitation. In MotoGP yes, and it is where more weapons have been taught, brands included. It wouldn't make much sense to support Japan from outside with all the autochthonous brands of that country (except Ducati, of course). For Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, … don't go it would be a betrayal of his people, and I'm not saying it in a movie plan. I think that's what it's about.
Secondly has a weird point that pilots say they support Japan and his people but don't want to get close. The situation is not easy or simple, the pilots are human and also that, pilots. They are not firefighters, they are not part of humanitarian organizations, they are not engineers or members of the UN (or any world organization). However, I leave it open for us to comment later … if they are only pilots, ¿they really believed they could push to DORNA and above all, to Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, to turn their backs on the GP and then continue as if nothing had happened?