Rossifumi wrote:I'm not sure why it would not be okay for riders to get a tow - I'm with Gustav; it's part of the game and I can't see why race direction would be expected to do anything about it.
it is ok to get a tow, in the race. it would be pretty stupid to forbid that
you could consider it to be ok during qualifying, after all, it's about the fastest time during QP, not that the guy in front will be happy
but why would anyone desperatly want a tow during free practise ??? it's not that you get important data out off it to set up your bike , and it might give you a wrong idea off "how well your are doing" because it isn't your true speed, but an artificial.
and why would for example Stoner not want anybody to get a tow ? he is testing several things to get data/laptimes to improve, and (I've said this before and it IS true, allthough not everyone believes that)
if you have someone on your tow, the front runner looses speed. because off that, the data/laptime becomes less significant, and you could even consider it to be a "lost lap" when you are making very small changes to see if they deliver any gain at all. testing isn't about THE fastest laptime, but it's about consistent fast laptimes, and that consistency is lost when somebody is in your tow.
And I thinck Casey suffers most is because he always doesn't do many laps. if you do 10 laps, and on 2 off them somebody was towing, that's 20% off your laptimes/dat "ruined".