A Trio of Indelible Images from 2013
by dean adams
Friday, September 13, 2013
Hours turn into days, days into months, months into years. Significant yet not obvious details are naturally lost to time in this never-ending process. Was Michael Doohan fastest in Friday morning WSBK practice at Oran Park in 1988? Was John Cooper the first man to drag knee when he beat Ago at Mallory in '71?
Before these three slip into the oblivion of time:
March 13, COTA: Marc Marquez slips on his leathers and shows he has the capability and talent to become one of the true legends of roadracing when he destroys all opposition at the first test at Circuit of the Americas. His capability and talent are met with the supreme engineering opportunity of HRC.
Aug 31, Silverstone: Jorge Lorenzo's past success at Silverstone and his ability to lower the lap record by over a second should have made his path in qualifying a relatively easy one. Lorenzo set fast time and seemed to think he had pole. Only Marc Marquez, in his rookie MotoGP season, went faster than Lorenzo. And then for all his prowess, Lorenzo had no answer. The image? When the reigning world champ got off his M1 in victory circle after qualifying at Silverstone he looked like a Marine just off the plane from Afghanistan, someone who had witnessed the truest thing. Lorenzo was able to win the Silverstone GP on Sunday, but his eyes after qualifying were dilated with reality.
September 13, Misano: It only lasted a few corners but Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez were about to "explore the studio space" in the final minutes of second practice today at Misano. Marquez was already fastest in the session but he was still going fast, and Rossi followed just behind him. Marquez wasn't pulling away as Rossi--at one of his home tracks--looked more 2008 on the Yamaha than 2013. Valentino, at 34, did a great job of staying with Marquez and it was building into 'okay, lets go'. A slow CRT rider slowed their fun, and the duel was abandoned, to the disappointment of everyone watching.
And then comes the image: afterward, slowing to return for the pit garage, Rossi reached down with his left hand and patted the side of the Yamaha like a jockey would a horse after a fast lap. "Good girl ..."
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