Like many of you, I watched both the Japanese Motogp (congrats Marc, again) and the United States Grand Prix F1 races (you’ll get ’em in Mexico Lewis) this weekend. Even though I follow both of these modern series’ closely, I don’t talk about them on this site, simply due to the fact that we’d have to rename this humble blog, “Cut From Carbon Fiber.” Watching the F1 cars blitz through turns 3-9 of Circuit of the Americas literally looks like someone accidentally bumped the television feed into fast forward. The technology at play in F1 is baffling for most viewers; this viewer included. Motogp is pretty similar. Even the slowest bikes on the grid are multi-million dollar marvels of automotive science. It is impossible not to appreciate the height of technology while it flies by at over 200 miles per hour- but it does help you appreciate our automotive heritage even more. The fact that Jim Clark was able to somehow wrestle his Lotus around Watkin’s Glen with zero driver aids is incredible. Imagining Joel Robert man-handling his Suzuki around a natural-terrain motocross track with just a few inches of travel is remarkable as well.
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