MotoGP vs the Volcano
Monday, April 19, 2010
MotoGP postponed this weekend’s Motegi GP, with the roving GP paddock crippled by the logistical travel nightmare caused by that pesky Icelandic volcano (2010 MotoGP Motegi Postponed
). And forget about MotoGP
, the entire European continent has been hamstrung by the spewing ash grounding planes for the past week, and the foreseeable future…
The Motegi circuit will be off this week's itinerary for the MotoGP paddock, not to mention MCUSA's planned attendance at the Japanese Grand Prix. Thanks a lot Iceland!
It’s humbling. For all of our grandeur and culture, humans are little mites scrambling around on the thin crust of a gigantic ball of fire, with our total recorded history less than an eyeblink in the geologic record. The pinnacle of our two-wheeled technology can hustle about the racetrack at 200+ mph, but is mired now by the whims of Mother Nature. In MotoGP vs Volcano, Round 1 goes to Volcano.
VIPs like the GP paddock won’t be in the air in Europe. Not even the VIP of VIPs is immune, with the President of the United States cancelling his plans to attend the funeral of the President of Poland. The reasoning more than sound, however, as the Polish President perished, ominously, in a plane crash.
So here we are, society groveling as the busiest trans-Atlantic flight paths remain impassable. Some wistfully look at the delays as a throwback to a time, not that long ago really, when the great gulf of the oceans meant weeks-long voyages not red-eye flights. Those nostalgic folk are most likely not someone who actually has to fly across an ocean any time soon! I do happen to be one of those people, but my flight is headed over the Pacific, not the Atlantic, so all systems are go.
But this volcano is spoiling my travel plans anyway. See, I was flying to Japan for a Bridgestone tire intro, where we were supposed to watch the Motegi GP!
Ah well, we can’t control the weather, much less the internal geological machinations of the planet. The human race, unlike the Motegi race, will survive a volcano-related delay or two. As for us, we’ll see you all in a week’s time to report on our Japanese travels.
Until then, Sayonara.
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