Definition: Lambast: to scold or denounce severely - I'd say that's spot on.
Buckmaster's got a point but VD's right - he should have done it in private. How can you criticise someone for being unprofessional and then gob off about them in writing in a press release?
Martin's unique. Let's not dumb him down FFS.
I agree with Buckmaster from he perspective that he is running something financially driven and professionalism is necessary.
I also agree that Guy needs to tone down his 'I will be off to work daaan the buildin site tomorraaa after the racin' facade, he has money, he has sponsors, be who you are, but we dont need to hear it above all else, we are ultimately after racing, not just a personality. There's enough fucken 'personalities' in the UK, keep your talent ahead of your attitudes.
I appreciate Guy's talent and think he is a great racer, he wants to rough it and work and graft afer a race, OK, you dont need to tell us Guy we all do it!
Good luck to him on his recovery and coming back with a vengeance!
I will start by saying I have the utmost respect for PTR and what they acheived is fantastic. I look forward to seeing them in Moto2 next year? Hmm whether the points raised in the press release are correct or not Simon should have done this in private. I can understand his frustration if a valued member of his team was critised unfairly but this simply not the way to go.
Guy is a wonderful raw talent that we all love to shout for. He may or may not win at the TT but I for one will applaud his every attempt.
It would be a very dull world if everyone was the same and 100% predictable.
My guess would be that Buckmaster HAS attempted to get these points across to Martin in private on several occasions and this press release is a "last gasp" attempt to make Martin see his point of view.
All respect to Martin's abilities, skills and raw determination to ride, but from what was seen on the TV at TT time - he did come across as a prima donna who thought the rules didn't apply. So what if he was 0.000001 of a mph over, he was over the speed limit. That limit exists for a very good reason (as any pit crew member will tell you).
If he's not able to ride under that limit, or not get his bike setup to cruise under that limit, then he needs to have a word with himself or his mechanic. (don't know if they have a limiter setup or not).
Everyone else manages to ride at under the prescribed limit - why not Martin?
Very sorry to hear of his off though - Hope he makes a full recovery and goes on to win lots of races, at the TT and elsewhere.
I think its a bit out of order to slate someone in public like this and as for his statement of " the bikes were more than competitive", well is he trying to insinuate that the bikes his company made were better than the like's of HM Plant, Padgets or TAS (or maybe that their bikes are s%$£).
Also I believe the main reason that guy and his team for that matter were upset was not about him being given the time penalty for braking the limit, but was about the way the TT organisers refused to give his team the test results for the speed traps. So that they could see the margin of error that they had!
Hmmm. Watch this video. Seems Buckmaster isn't the only one with this opinion...
....nail and head I think...
Simon Backmarker appears to have been studying irony for beginners...describing Martin's stroppy TT behaviour as unprofessional....in a public statement!
I worked for TV during the 99/2000 BSB season and Backmarker was a miserable git when it came to having cameras fitted to his bikes....I couldn't help thinking that he ought to get a job that he liked!
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