Originally Posted by UngaWunga
That prank was to poke Biaggi, who was pretending to date some supermodel. The racers now don't have big rivalries like that anymore. Or at least don't poke each other publicly like that anymore. Its just stupid dress-up on the podium and the occasional neat helmet design.
Which is fine by me. I don't care about the drama. I want to see a good race.
Well, if one doesn't exclude the other, it does add a bit of flavour. But yeah, those things are not a substitute for good racing. Rossi's popularity among people who didn't use to watch racing I think is in that he offered (-s?) good racing, with a laugh as a side-order.