A few years ago no pilot touched the elbow, with permission from Jean Philippe Ruggia in the '80s and early '90s. But his was an exceptional case,
A few years ago no pilot touched the elbow, with permission from Jean Philippe Ruggia in the ’80s and early ’90s. But his was an exceptional case, despite the fact that if you look at the photos you can say that the Frenchman He was one step ahead of his peers, with a style that we could consider the forerunner of the current: head next to the bike, lower body… if we search quickly on the internet it is easy to find photos of the Frenchman, and they are spectacular!
But it was not until well into the last decade that we started to see MotoGP riders touching elbows, which had a mirror effect in which everyone who entered the circuit wanted to play with their elbow. Just like before with the knee, they didn’t mind going fast, drawing well, they just wanted their shot with the elbow as close to the ground as possible. And of course that gave way to Dantesque scenes in the shots with practically straight bikes and people more hung than a hippie in Woodstock.
Although in reality bringing the elbow close to the ground when it is there by natural position can be a great help if needed. We are quite used to seeing how falls almost sung end in simple scares, thanks to the quick reaction of the pilots since, the elbow is so close to the ground, that they can use it to try to save it. Márquez has made it his personal brand, but we have seen it with other riders before. Even in 2010, in what is now the Dani Pedrosa curve, the one he writes could see live how Iván Silva with the Moto2 Inmotec released his right hand, put it on the ground and saved a fall that those of us who were there took for granted.