The craziness of Moto GP almost makes F1 look like a teddy bear's picnic - although we know it isn't. Thankfully Mark Webber's horrific accident last weekend ended with him walking away virtually unscathed, but it was a reminder of what can go wrong and what risks these drivers are prepared to take.
It's interesting that Michael Schumacher got his thrills during his retirement by racing superbikes. I guess it was one of the few things outside F1 that would get the adrenaline flowing.
I really didn't have much of a clue about who was who or what was going on but I managed to work out that the current world champion broke his leg rather spectacularly 4 weeks ago and is already talking about getting back on a bike this week. My friend on Twitter, Kate, pointed out that
Rossi's injury is a carbon copy of Webber's (when he broke his leg in Nov 08 while on a road bike in Australia). They thought Webber might not race, but Rossi back in weeks!!
The BBC's coverage was very good - and fronted by a woman who knows lots about bikes and bike racing. The commentators Charlie Cox and Steve Parrish sounded more like they were discussing events down the pub, combining a relaxed style with passion. Jonathan Legard, the BBC's F1 commentator, who has a natural ability to make exciting events sound like paint drying, could do well to take a few leaves out of their book.
I wouldn't say I was hooked, but I enjoyed the race, won by Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo, who extended his lead in the world championship and I'd definitely watch again.