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Re: Fontana: Day two and redemption for Nicky

No one has said a word about the crashed rider that kept Chandler off the podium. I've been following this guy, #31, Dr. Jeffrey Something or Other, DDS, since the late 1990s. I remember the first time I saw his name in a race program, noting that he was the only rider to list his official title (Dr. Jeffrey, DDS). At a couple of races I've looked up the name of the slowest Superbike rider, the backmarker who was first to be lapped, and there it was, Dr. Jeffrey, DDS. I've seen him crash in person at least twice, both times at Road America. In 2000, he rode off the track near turn 7, rode over to the fence, leaned his bike against the fence, and stood shaking until the corner workers came over and made him get back on his bike.

I missed the good Doctor last year, but when I saw him at Fontana, I told my wife, "There's that damned fool who rode off the track at Road America, the one who's so damned proud of being a dentist that he lists it on the racing program." That was the first time the leaders lapped him. When I saw the #31 bike sprawling across the middle of the track, I wasn't surprised.

I have two questions. First, was the good Doctor all right after the crash? The bike looked like it fell over at extremely low speeds, which isn't hard to believe if you've seen the Doctor ride. Second, why do they keep sending this guy out on the track with the Superbike racers? It provides some comic relief, but it is dangerous for the fast guys.
 

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Re: we ALL hate dentists, but ....

I didn't say he was a bad guy. In fact, he's provided me with a good deal of amusement, and I sincerely hope he wasn't hurt. But he is a slow rider, so slow that he is a menace to guys like Chandler and the rest. He really shouldn't be on the same grid as the pros, for his sake as well as theirs.
 

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Re: we ALL hate dentists, but ....

The AMA's official position is that racing is entertainment, not sport (the same position taken by NASCAR), and that the larger the starting grid, the more entertaining the race. As a result, there are people on the track who probably shouldn't be there. I've seen the dentist race several times, and from what I saw, he is probably one of those people.
 
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