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MotoGP: 2019 Round 03 - Circuit of the Americas

Track Map Courtesy of Brembo Brakes


Circuit Information Courtesy of MotoGP.com

LENGTH: 5.5 km / 3.43 miles
CORNERS: 11 left - 9 right
WIDTH: 15 m. / 49.21 ft.
LONGEST STRAIGHT: 1200 m. / 3937.01 ft.

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[tr][td] [/td][td]MotoGP[/td][td]Moto2[/td][td]Moto3[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Laps[/td][td]20[/td][td]18[/td][td]17[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Red Flag Finish[/td][td]15 (3/4 of laps)[/td][td]12 (2/3 of laps)[/td][td]11 (2/3 of laps)[/td][/tr]
[tr][td]Total distance[/td][td]110.3 km / 68.6 miles[/td][td]99.2 km / 61.7 miles[/td][td]93.7 km / 58.3 miles[/td][/tr]
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For weeks, the racing world has held its breath in anticipation of the FIM Appeals Court regarding the allegations that a major factory team had illegally used prohibited aerodynamic effects during competition. Now, days after the court has released its ruling, we have obtained exclusive access to the transcripts of the final testimony of Massimo Rivola, Aprilia's CEO, during those proceedings as he is questioned by rival Gigi Dal'Igna.

GIGI
Massimo, the aerodynamic spoiler on the Ducati was the first one used in competition?

RIVOLA
Yes.

GIGI
There wasn't a spoiler in use before that race?

RIVOLA
Gigi, I think we've covered this, haven't we?

GIGI gets the two log books from his table as well as the piece of paper that SAM scribbled on.

GIGI
Your Honor, these are the Technical Director's Logs for the both the Malaysia 2018 pre-race and post. The Sepang pre-race log lists no aerodynamic rule infractions for any team, and the post race log lists no complaints that there was an infraction either. I'd like to admit them as Defense Exhibits "A" and "B".

RANDOLPH
I don't understand. You're admitting evidence of a aerodynamic device that never existed?

GIGI
We believe it did, sir.
(glancing at the paper, then motioning to the two race stewards)
Defense'll be calling Steward Cecil O'Malley and Steward Anthony Perez. They were working the pit lane at Sepang on November 4th.

ROSS
Your Honor, these men weren't on the list.

GIGI
Rebuttal witnesses, Your Honor, called specifically to refute testimony offered under direct examination.

If you looked closely at RIVOLA, you could see a drop of sweat.

RANDOLPH
I'll allow the witnesses.

RIVOLA
This is ridiculous.

GIGI
A moment ago --

RIVOLA
Check the Steward Logs for christ's sake.

GIGI
We'll get to the stewards in just a minute, sir. A moment ago said that you ordered Kendrick to order his men not to protest the GP19.

RIVOLA
That's right.

GIGI
And Kendrick was clear on what you wanted?

RIVOLA
Crystal.

GIGI
Any chance Kendrick ignored the order?

RIVOLA
Ignored the order?

GIGI
Any chance he just forgot about it?

RIVOLA
No.

GIGI
Any chance Kendrick left your office and said, "The 'old F1 reject's wrong"?

RIVOLA
No.

GIGI
When Kendrick spoke to the pit crew and ordered them not to protest the GP19, any chance they ignored him?

RIVOLA
Have you ever spent time in pit lane, son?

GIGI
No sir.

RIVOLA
Ever put your race day in another man's hands, ask him to put his career in yours?

GIGI
No sir.

RIVOLA
We follow orders, son. We follow orders or people lose. It's that simple. Are we clear?

GIGI
Yes sir.

RIVOLA
Are we clear?

GIGI
Crystal.

GIGI speaks with the quiet confidence that comes from knowing you're about to drop your opponents

GIGI
(continuing; beat)
I have just one more question before I call Steward O'Malley and Steward Perez: If you gave an order that the GP19 wasn't to be protested,
and your orders are always followed, then why would the swingarm spoiler be in danger, why would it be necessary to transfer it off the swingarm base?

And RIVOLA has no answer.

Nothing.

He sits there, and for the first time, seems to be lost.

RIVOLA
The swingarm spoiler was a sub-standard aero device. It needed to be transferred off the swingarm because --

GIGI
But that's not what you said. You said it should be transferred because its use represented a grave danger.

RIVOLA
(pause)
Yes. That's correct, but --

GIGI
I can have the Court Reporter read back your --

RIVOLA
I know what I said. I don't need it read back to me like I'm a damn --

GIGI
Then why the two protests?
(beat)
Colonel?
(beat)
Why did you --

RIVOLA
Sometimes men take matters into their own hands.

GIGI
No sir. You made it clear just a moment ago that your men never take matters into their own hands. Your men follow orders or people lose races. So the GP19 shouldn't have been in any danger at all, should it?

Everyone's sweating now. Everyone but GIGI.

RIVOLA
You little bastard.

ROSS
Your Honor, I have to ask for a recess to --

GIGI
I'd like an answer to the question, Judge.

RANDOLPH
The Court'll wait for answer.

GIGI
(continuing)
Kendrick ordered the technical protest, didn't he? Because that's what you told Kendrick to do.

ROSS
Object!

RANDOLPH
Counsel.

GIGI will plow through the objections of ROSS and the admonishments of RANDOLPH.

GIGI
And when the appeal went bad, you cut these guys loose.

ROSS
Your Honor --

RANDOLPH
That'll be all, counsel.

GIGI
You had Markinson sign a aerodynamic research order --

ROSS
Judge --

GIGI
I'll ask for the forth time. You ordered --

RIVOLA
You want answers?

GIGI
I think I'm entitled to them.

RIVOLA
You want answers?!

GIGI
I want the truth.

RIVOLA
You can't handle the truth!

And nobody moves.

RIVOLA
(continuing)
Son, we work in a pitlane that has walls. And those walls have to be guarded by men with computers. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Gigi? I have a greater responsibility to Aprilia than you can possibly fathom. You weep for the under-swingarm spoiler and you curse the other members of the MSMA. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know: That the spoiler's death, while tragic, probably would have saved budgets. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves budgets.
(beat)
You don't want the truth. Because deep down, in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall. You need me there.
(boasting)
We use words like aerodynamics, downforce, fluid dynamics... we use these words as the backbone to a life spent developing double bubble windscreens and efficient fairings. You use 'em as a punchline.
(beat)
I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man whose career rises and falls under the umbrella of the very technology I developed in F1, then questions the manner in which I provide it to MotoGP. I'd prefer you just said thank you and went on your way. Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a laptop and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you're entitled to.

GIGI
(quietly)
Did you order the protest against Ducati?

RIVOLA
(beat)
I did the job the MSMA sent me to do.

GIGI
Did you order the protest against Ducati?

RIVOLA
(pause)
You're goddamn right I did.

Silence. From everyone. RANDOLPH, ROSS, the MSA staff, they're all frozen. JO and SAM are likewise. RIVOLA seems strangely, quietly relieved. GIGI simply takes control of the room now.

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