Hard as nails and slightly unhinged. MotoGP, 2 racing injuries this year. Fractured right tibia & coughing blood (Crutchlow). Broken finger, bruised chin after crash at 175mph (Marcquez). Broken collarbone, (Lorenzo), dislocated collarbone (Abraham). Dislocated shoulder, bruised lung (SPIES, 2012). Missing finger part (Aoyama). Broken & pinned scaphoid, (Smith). Broken collarbone, plate and pins (Lorenzo). After 6 races this year.
"It is a grave misconception to regard the mystical progress as passing mostly through ecstasies and raptures. On the contrary, it passes just as much through broken hearts and bruised emotions, through painful sacrifices and melancholy renunciations." [—Paul Brunton (1898-1981) a widely influential British philosopher, mystic, and author.] [Image: William Blake (1757‑1827), "The Ascent of the Mountain of Purgatory." From Illustrations to "Dante’s Divine Comedy, 1824-1827,"]