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The "Real" Results of the Dutch MotoGP Race Weekend

2
July
2012
  Posted at 06:00:00 PM
  File under  Racing Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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Most of you will probably have followed, or at least seen photos & results, of this weekend's Dutch MotoGP race, the TT of Assen. A big crash, penalties, words, injuries and worn tires were the keywords of the race.

But there's more to the race than the MotoGP riders (and Moto2 and Moto3). And that is the general media against the motorcycle world.

As we all know really well, the general public's view of bikers is pretty negative. Images from Hollywood showing motorcycle riders as a rowdy, criminal gang of people is only fueled by the general media, particularly the popular TV stations. In France, we seen plenty of that where bikers are blamed for everything that can go wrong, from crime to the economic crisis (okay, I'm exaggerating, but you get the message).

In The Netherlands, after the race, the spectators jumped on their motorcycles and headed back home. But according to the Dutch national TV organization (Source Open Source link in a new window), they went home still in race mode. According to the station, and others, 1,300 motorcycles were fined for speeding, 11 driving licenses were withdrawn.

Our colleagues at the Dutch motorcycle news site NieuwsMotor Open link in a new window, immediately went and investigated, calling the police head office and found that the figures were not only wrong, the media just didn't get it. But it sold great headlines...

According to the Dutch police, the cops were happy with the attitudes of the motorcycle riders, and that on average, most bikers kept to the speeding limits. Only one rider on Saturday was spotted riding 200 kph in town, at night without any lights on, and very drunk.

Nieuwsmotor has contacted the faulty TV station, and pointed out their mistake, but so far, they have ignored the biker world.

It's a pity that the general media are still portraying us as evil. It doesn't do us any good when riding our motorcycles.

Via: Nieuwsmotor



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