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Old 06-06-2010, 04:30 PM   #1
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Old 06-06-2010, 04:55 PM   #2
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I've only started seeing this, this season but the announcer said it was to judge the turn in before you put your knee down, kinda the same as how your knee tells you not to lean any farther over in a turn this is just before the turn. I dont get it and it looks stupid so I make fun of them when they do it.

and considering they dont do it every turn thats even funnier.
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When they asked Rossi about it , he said it helps set up the bike to turn in the corner . I guess by causing some drag on the side your turning in ???
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Interesting responses.

I figured they were just stretching or preventing the leathers from binding on their leg.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:37 PM   #5
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The "Rossi Leg Wave"? The truth not nearly as interesting...

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Here's the surprise: When asked - as usual - at the pre-race press conference at the Sachsenring why he takes his foot off the peg - Rossi gave his standard answer, that he didn't know, but that it felt a natural thing to do, and it felt like it helped him brake. But he also revealed a fascinating detail: When he and Jeremy Burgess look at the data, and compare the corners where he does his signature leg wave with the same corner when he leaves his foot on the peg, there is no difference at all. The data shows exactly the same braking time and force, the same weight distribution, no difference whatsoever.
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I thought it was to block other riders from passing on the inside.
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Old 06-06-2010, 10:55 PM   #7
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Meh, its to let a fart out in the suit.
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I thought it was to block other riders from passing on the inside.
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Tonight, during the 2nd day Superbike races from Road America, the same question was brought up between Greg White and Jason Pridmore. Both said they had no idea why the few guys do it. If anything, it would possibly make the person right behind you check up if they were trying to pass underneath you...
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I think it would make someone a little less likely to pass on the inside but I've seen rossi have to pick his leg up before someone ran over it too...

One thing I would like to point out is if your feet arn't on the pegs you arn't putting your weight on the lower part of your bike, you are loading all of your weight on your seat at this point... They might be breaking just as hard and weight forward and back might be the same to data log, but you will be loading your seat with all of your weight instead of placing it on your pegs. my 2cents
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It's been around for a few years now,
it was pretty much a Rossi thing to begin with and was always referred to as his "stressometer"!!
If he was in a little hot then the leg would come out.
Some riders have adopted this style simply on the basis, I believe, that if Rossi does it, it must be worth doing!!!
As also mentioned, I would imagine its off-putting to the guy behind hoping to make a pass.
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All the fast dtreet guys do it
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Rossi was the first guy to do it. I think he did it for no other reason than to see if he could get other riders to copy him and put a leg out for no apparent reason. I think it is Rossi's own private inside joke.
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Honestly, I've always thought it was a cover-up for 'the incident' with Gibernau at Jerez and here is how I remember it starting.

Rossi makes a pass that bumps Gibernau off the track and goes on to win.

You're not supposed to touch the Spanish riders! Gibernau being Spanish, but Rossi being the King of MotoGP kinda put the powers that be in MotoGP in a bit of a pickle. To punish, or not to punish..

(MotoGP is Spanish owned, knock down a Spanish rider and you get suspended.. Knock down an American, and nothing.. Ask John Hopkins.


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So while all the controversy was going on (hard but fair pass, dirty pass) people pointed to his leg and said, "See, his leg was off.. he was in the turn too hot and hit Gibernau", but Rossi was like.. "nono, I doo eet like dat"

But ever since then, Rossi has dangled a leg as if to prove his case and now it's kinda caught on.

Maybe it actually helps.. but it was an accidental find. If not, well, the joke is on ALL the other rides.



That's my story, and unless someone has footage of him *purposely* dangling his leg prior to that video, then you must accept this as truth.
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Ask Blackwidow (Moe)....I saw him doing it @ TWS (Texas World Speedway) last year....made me literally LOL as we entered the chicane.
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I saw him doing it @ TWS (Texas World Speedway) last year....made me literally LOL as we entered the chicane.

I'm not sure if you're joking or not....
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Old 06-07-2010, 10:42 PM   #20
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I think it has to do with going into a turn to hot...
Since theres no brake lights they use their leg as away to "say" They are braking late and are going to dive into the turn.

Kind of like throwing a leg out or arm up when pitting at a TD

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