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Cycle News Issue 36 September 11

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P122 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT L egendary British hill-hiker Alfred Wainwright is credit- ed with an oft-repeated and oh-so-appropriate quote: "There is no such thing as bad weather. Only inappropriate clothing." Substitute the word "asphalt" for "clothing," and you have summed up the British Grand Prix—the first motorcycle GP to be abandoned since the Aus- trian race was snowed out way back in 1980. Snow is not entirely unexpect- ed in the alpine foothills near Salzburg. Rain is not entirely un- expected at Silverstone. Rather the reverse. But be clear on one thing. It was not rain that made the classic track unrideable, but to- tal inability of the new surface to cope with it. The totteringly deferred postponement and ultimate cancellation was a matter of incompetence. On an epic scale. Everybody knows it rains at Silverstone. You carry on regard- less. Not for nothing are British fans the hardiest; not for nothing the years of experience in mak- ing race tracks. Not for nothing the many, many wet British GPs over the years. So how was the circuit taken by surprise? The truth is even worse: there was no surprise. The flooding and bumps had BLOODY FLOODY, AND A BLOODY DISGRACE

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