No, not 'whenever', context matters, direction, speed, placement and circumstances, point about defending is a valid one.strad wrote:there is nothing new about it,,,It's just been codified..Whenever an opponent has his front wheel up to your cockpit you must leave room. It's called an overlap.
Imagine the situation when one driver outbreaks another one kamikaze style in a position where he can't make the corner at any reasonable speed. But his front wheels are where the rules say about leaving room. Do the other driver have an obligation to suddenly disappear? Of course not.