Ponsson, a weekend learning a MotoGP bike

Due to Tito Rabat injuries consequence of a nasty crash in Silverstone, Xavier Simeon moved to Rabat’s garage, and Simeon’s seat in the Avintia team was vacant for the Misano race.

Christophe Ponsson, who currently races in the Spanish Superstock 1000 series, landed the seat despite having zero experience in a MotoGP bike or anything similar. Ponsson was so unfamiliar with a MotoGP prototype bike, that he felt that learning to ride his Ducati GP16 was “as if I start again riding on a bike”.

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Who want enemies when you have teammates?

“During the race it’s every man for himself and your teammate is your first rival”Nicky Hayden

In racing, a big chunk of glory (or agony) is consequence of the machine you ride. If not, ask Rossi how his two years in Ducati compare to the results he obtained while riding the Honda inherited from Doohan… Because of this, beating a teammate (or anyone riding a similar motorbike) becomes a rider’s imperative. Because if you beat someone on a similar machine, then it is the rider who did it. The flesh, not the hardware.

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