Oscar wrote:I'm saying that if Race Direction thought that it was ok for someone to faff around on the racing line at 100 kph less than the racing speed then there is something seriously wrong with their interpretation of acceptable track behaviour.
I agree, it's silly to sit on the racing line when not on a fast lap. IIRC De Puniet did get a slap on the wrists for doing it, but likewise nobody should "take the law into their own hands" as it were. I think that just about sums up the general concensus from the previous discussions.
Oscar wrote:In the race, the CRT bikes will be spread out by the time they are lapped and I think there is a reasonable expectation that blue flags and common sense will make things ok - but in QP in particular, I think there could be some serious issues.
I saw the other day on Twitter, the Qualifying times for Laguna Seca in 1993 - some of the bikes on the grid were further from the pole sitter than any of the CRT bikes (judging by the FP1 pace yesterday). I will look to see if I can find the Tweet again... can't remember who posted it though.
Now, I was 8 years old then and I think it's fair to say I don't really remember what it was like, but were there any severe issues or accidents caused by the slower riders back then?
Would the problems really be caused on the straights? I would imagine it would be more of a problem in the corners.
I just think that looking for that gap in the traffic, etc, is simply something the riders will need to look for and factor in when going out to post that flying lap.
Would it not be fair to say that even if there were more Prototypes on the grid, it would make QP that bit more difficult anyway because looking at the top Prototype compared to the bottom Prototype, there's a fair margin in regards to lap times.
I'm not really defending or arguing against, but I would like to know if rider si nthe past had to deal with it... if so, I see no reason why the riders today wouldn't be able to just as efficiently.
I just hope this doesn't result in some crappy SuperPole format being introduced because of a few whiny riders... they all need to man up and get on with it