A Fine, Quiet Saturday Morning in the RoadRacing World


What Happens When No News Is Good News

8:41am EST — Saturday mornings in the racing world are either run at the frantic pace of a race weekend, or devoid of news.  Those whose job it is to ensure that hundreds of people and tons of equipment arrive safely and complete to a far-flung (or close-by) circuit generally appreciate a quiet day as much as those who merely have to wake up early to watch their weekly fix of racing on television.  This weekend is just such a quiet day, except for a select few.  The monstrosities of international open-wheel and motorcycle racing are quiet and relaxed this weekend.  Yes, there is much work to do, with the Formula1 Singapore GP and the World Superbike race at Imola in one week, and Renault’s lawyers and the racing media are working hard and waiting with bated breath to mold the outcome to each own’s advantage, but much of the F1 and MotoGP paddocks are taking at least an afternoon off  of work.  IndyCar has packed up and is leaving Japan, but all in all, this is a Saturday of reflection and lack of racing news.

Some will miss the ever-flying accusations and stories of the past week (Lotus has returned to F1, BMW-Sauber found a buyer and the FIA wants fourteen teams on the 2010 grid, Ben Spies may finally be putting James Toseland out of his misery and announcing his move to MotoGP from WorldSBK at Imola, Flavio Briatore and Pat Symonds have left Renault, who has decided on a legal strategy for their race-fixing hearing Monday, Canada is on and off the 2010 calendar again, Dani Pedrosa climbs mountains in his spare time, Nelson Piquet says he told the FIA about the nature of his son’s crash a year ago, and Fernando Alonso had to have known, or maybe he did not, about the crash conspiracy, Santander is sponsoring both McLaren and Ferrari in 2010).

Others will take a deep breath and welcome this respite as a return to form for racing.  No news can be good news.  There is a very serious matter of championships becoming closer, and time running out for the season in both Formula1 and MotoGP.  It is time to move on from scandal (after determining the truth and punishing the wrongdoers), and return to the news of racing and contracts for 2010.  Will Alonso move to Ferrari in 2010, or 2011?  Will both Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello stay at Brawn?  What will happen to the F1 championship in the (likely) crash-fest that will be Singapore?  Will Casey Stoner return, and will he return at the top of his form?  Can Valentino Rossi hold off his young teammate, Jorge Lorenzo?  Will Spies announce his move to MotoGP only to lose the championship to Noriyuki Haga?  Its time to focus on the racing and what happens on this Sunday and next Sunday, in these upcoming days.

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