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      08-16-2020, 06:35 PM   #8
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I had a flashback to the Marco Simoncelli tragedy in Malaysia and I suspect Vale did as well.

When MotoGP returned to Laguna Seca, I volunteered to be a corner worker to get closer to the action and somehow wound up with the plum assignment as communicator for Turn 8, the upper half of the Corkscrew. I was stationed in the little blue tower at the apex and called track conditions for race control on a secure landline system.

When Rossi made the insane dive bomb pass on Stoner in 2008, I had to calmly key my mic and say, "Control, Turn 8. 46 off and on." I was closer to them than any other person on Earth and had a better view than the boom mounted camera next to me. (Warning: Do not go drinking with the crew from Spain that operates that thing if you have to function the next day.)

My headset exploded with yells from the control room as the usually calm head of control screamed, "OH HELL YES OFF AND ON!"
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