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Cycle News 2020 Issue 35 September 1

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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P122 CN III LOWSIDE BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK M otorcycle racing is about the closest thing I can think of to a modern-day gladiatorial contest. Usually filled with self-assured maniacs of varying skills, racing brings an addictive, singular fo- cus that's impossible to replicate in the real world. I've often said the only time I have absolutely nothing else on my mind is when I'm racing. It's a glorious, Zen-like state where the world's troubles melt away and all that matters are you and your motorcycle. Until it doesn't. Recently, I've noticed a disturbing trend of riders hav- ing little or no regard for others when it all goes to crap, and bad sportsmanship creeping into racing the world over like it's somehow in fashion. There was a clip recently that really got me angry from the British Supersport race at Donington Park. It involved 2019 Australian Supersport Champion Tom Toparis and Ireland's Korie McGreevy, the 2019 British Su- perstock 600cc Champion. Toparis high-sided leading onto the front straight, launch- ing himself into orbit with Mc- Greevy given nowhere to go but over Toparis' crashing Yamaha. Toparis was clearly hurt, as clearly as he didn't high-side on purpose. You can see the clip of the Toparis crash here. McGreevy's reaction was disgraceful, throwing his arms in the air at Toparis and storming off like a three-year-old who'd been told he couldn't watch cartoons that morning. He could have instead chosen to at least see if Toparis was okay, given his anger a chance to subside, but instead he showed the attitude of a child, not a profes- sional athlete. On a higher level, we can see Pol Espargaro's petulant reaction on two fronts in Austria last week. The first being his DON'T BE THAT GUY Korie McGreevy shows exactly how not to act in the heat of the moment.

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