Faster1 wrote: Rossifumi wrote:
I based my assessment on on Dani mostly on his last 3+ years where he has been his own biggest hurtle to a championship, not on a night race and an "everybody crash" rain race. I guess that I really meant wins when I wrote "great results". And when he crashes, he crashes good, which is to say he gets hurt enough to almost always miss future races.
Last year I would have agreed with you but this year we have a different Dani. I'll try to explain my meaning as best I can.
Dani has spent 6 months scared shitless, he has said as much himself, that this shoulder injury would end his career. Yet he showed up to races to do his best and didn't embarrass himself in the process. Indeed he garnered a lot of respect from people who just months prior didn't think he had the nads to compete or I should say to "scrap" for the title. But he ended last year under horrible circumstances 2nd in the championship - completely shattered, arm numb, hand cold and unresponsive and with no answers to the problem.
This year started no different with his arm going numb in Qatar. Everyone who saw his face in Parc Ferme could tell he was completely terrified. Finally an answer came but it meant another surgery and no promises. Four weeks after surgery he shows up for Estoril unsure what would happen; would his arm go numb again which would surely mean that his racing career is over?
So here he is, in the race - second, behind Lorenzo praying (no doubt) to any God that would listen that come lap 15 he could still feel his arm. I could tell he was purposely staying in second (didn't know why until he spoke about it after) and I thought he would stay there and maybe back off for a comfortable 20 points. But unbeknown to all of us he was just testing his arm, and when it didn't go numb (and "smiling in his helmet") he took his chance, blew past Lorenzo and within 4 laps gained 3 seconds.
Why did I write this like a story? Well, I'm not going to give all the particulars but believe me I know from the worst of experiences what this victory means. He fought his body and mind through what was a huge roadblock to continue to race. He found out, plain and simple, what he had in courage and mental strength. That builds confidence that you don't get from just any life experience. This is down and dirty. I said to Mr. RJ..."He just became a dangerous mother...he now knows who he is and what he can accomplish".
A defining moment - believe me. The Dani 2011 is not the Dani of past. I'd stake everything on that. It may even change his "luck" as I believe you make your own. We'll see but I don't think you can count him out for the title this year.
I think it is Dani's year.