Were Tomac and Barcia lined up in the wrong spot for the restart?

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1/16/2019 4:19 PM

Or am I just reading this wrong?

The rulebook says: The starting order will be determined by each rider’s race position at the end of the lap preceding the last lap completed by the leader. I.E. if the leader has completed the third lap and is working the fourth lap, the starting order would be set with the order from the completion of the second lap.

Roczen had completed his 6th lap and was "working the seventh lap" when the red flag came out. Going by what the rulebook states, it appears that the riders should have been lined up based on how they crossed the line at the end of lap 5, which would have put both Tomac and Barcia ahead of Friese for the staggered restart. Instead, it seems as though they were lined up based on the end of lap 4 results.

Would it have made a difference? Who's to say, but with Tomac finishing just 2.5 seconds behind Roczen, I'm sure he'd have preferred to not have to deal with passing Friese a second time.

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1/16/2019 4:21 PM

What a shit show as usual per ama uselessness.

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1/16/2019 4:21 PM

Yep

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1/16/2019 4:55 PM

Just be glad the "hydraulic" gate actually dropped last weekend.

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1/16/2019 5:08 PM

I already asked this question, seems like no bbn one can answer it.

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1/17/2019 11:13 AM

wanglimp wrote:

I already asked this question, seems like no bbn one can answer it.

Just looked at your post and you're right. They rolled back the starting order to the end of the 4th lap but kept the countdown clock at 13:29ish, which was the time remaining when the red flag came out on lap 7.

Seems like if they revert the starting order to several laps previous that they'd also revert the time to match it.

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1/17/2019 12:40 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/17/2019 12:41 PM

Here's right after Malcolm's crash with Tomac/Barcia/Friese heading to finsh lap 5, then 5 seconds later after crossing the finish line. Even live (tv) timing and the lap chart don't jive.

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1/17/2019 12:56 PM

Ted722 wrote:

Here's right after Malcolm's crash with Tomac/Barcia/Friese heading to finsh lap 5, then 5 seconds later after crossing the finish line. Even live (tv) timing and the lap chart don't jive.

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I believe it's because the lap chart is showing lap 5 as the first lap of the restarted race.

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1/17/2019 12:56 PM

wanglimp wrote:

I already asked this question, seems like no bbn one can answer it.

SPYGUY wrote:

Just looked at your post and you're right. They rolled back the starting order to the end of the 4th lap but kept the countdown clock at 13:29ish, which was the time remaining when the red flag came out on lap 7.

Seems like if they revert the starting order to several laps previous that they'd also revert the time to match it.

That's what I'm saying! I don't get it, but seems like not even the teams care so my best guess is everything was legit. There must be some reason it worked out this way.

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1/17/2019 1:08 PM

What a clusterbomb, I'm sure it is chaotic down there. Are the riders allowed any mechanical assistance during this downtime? Can they get new goggles, make clicker tweaks or is it similiar to an impound?

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