Simon Says? Whatever’s On His Mind
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Simon Buckmaster is not afraid to speak his mind. The Performance Technical Racing boss, who runs the PTR squads in World Supersport, made his mind known last week
regarding an incident involving WSS champions Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret at the Aragon round.
Buckmaster reckons the penalty imposed on points leader Sofuoglu, who seemed to intentionally collide with Foret down the long straight, wasn’t nearly enough (the Turkish rider having been stripped of the victory and demoted off the podium). And the Englishman wasn’t shy about taking Sofuoglu to task about his actions at Aragon, and his past tactics as well. Buckmaster also sounds off on the other major racing incident of the month, Alvaro Bautista’s kamikaze run at Assen that took out MotoGP points leader Jorge Lorenzo.
It’s not the first time the outspoken Buckmaster has ruffled feathers in a public statement. His Simon Says blog
on the PTR website
is chock full of opinionated posts. Whether it be debating racing regulations, criticizing officials, or calling out the press, Buckmaster doesn’t fail to make his positions clear.
Sofuoglu’s scolding is the most newsworthy post of late from Simon Says, but the most memorable Buckmaster upbraiding (at least the one that gained our attention) was leveled at Isle of Man TT star Guy Martin. Two years ago the popular road racer withered a scathing chastisement in a public statement from Buckmaster in which he described Martin as “flawed,” critiqued his professionalism at the TT (see SS Race 1 press conference
) and challenged the quirky Englishman’s I’m-just-a-mechanic persona. (We couldn’t find the original Martin post on the Simon Says blog, but read the text at Guy Martin Generates Heat at the Isle of Man TT.)
Whether a wise devil’s advocate, or plain ornery old cuss, Buckmaster and his PTR blog
are an interesting diversion from the typical print chloroform that serves as racing PR fodder.
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