Another thing, America have deserved every one of their MXdN victories, the US always have a great team. But to dismiss the disasterous luck of other countries while sitting in very strong positions as inconsequential is simply wrong.
Bad luck is a deer running into you on the track. Crashes and mechanicals have nothing to do with luck. Bikes failing in a 30min +2 moto have to do with preparation, which is the non-racing part of the team.
Good article Steve!
2008 Boisierre puncture
2009 Cairoli taken out on the start, Paulin taken out two corners later. Both crashes caused by other riders.
2010 Musquin failed to start both moto's due to an efi failure.
2011 Pourcel Mousse tire popped off the rim.
These incidents were not caused by rider error and as far as Im concerned that is unlucky. The same goes for Dungeys fuel evaporating at Freestone and his strange mechanical gremlin at Southwick.
Im not saying these things would have absolutely changed the results, but had they not have happened who knows what could have been (France WOULD have won in 2008 had it not been for Boisierre's puncture relegating him from a comfortable podium position to a midpack finish... and assuming he didn't crash out in the last few laps).
Jeff Emigs Keys to the Race:
1. Get a good start
2. Don't crash