MotoGP » Wayne Gardner plays down safety concerns


Wayne Gardner defends safety in MotoGP, insisting Marco Simoncelli's tragic death was down to circumstance more than anything else.

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Reality - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 10:46 AM

Can't blame the weather, can't blame the track, can't blame race control, can't blame the marshals, can't blame the team, can't blame the starting procedure, can't blame the other riders, there was NOTHING responsible for this tragedy other than it was motorcycle racing and it's dangerous with the potential to be lethal.

Maybe that's an uncomfortable reality for some people but just as it is right to look for how safety can be improved when appropriate, we must also accept the cases when NOTHING could have been done to prevent it.

diceman - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 11:00 AM

Hmm nobody can say whether it would of helped Marco or not but it may be time the riders think about trailing neck braces. They are already commonly used in MX and other types of motorsport where there is a high risk of spinal damage.

Steve - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 11:04 AM

You Can blame the marshals and the race control it was a circus I was there and watched it all, they had marco s bike on the trailer before any medical people got to him then they bundled him on to a stretcher and with one leg hanging of they ran to the fence carting him off and half way they droped the stretcher on the ground then lifted him over the fence to the ambulance which could not get on the track and it was like that all week end .they picked up a bike of moto2 rider and loaded it onto the trailer while the rider was draging himself off the track ,second rate !

Percentage

October 25, 2011 11:12 AM

It will be interesting to see the reaction from Dorna and the FIM.

One area that may come under scrutiny is the 30 second 'run on' that the bikes use during a race. Couple that with a wrist strap kill switch (as used in Speedway).

The kill switch on the Honda is on the left hand bar, that was the high side in the accident.

Wayne Gardner is the right man to quote as he hit Franco Uncini, removing his helmet in the accident.

Garth andrews - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:09 PM

If what @ Steve says is true then questions need to be asked . But from the footage that I have watched ( YOU TUBE ) I feel Marco was killed on impact as his helmut is shattered and the way he is laying on the track after been hit by colin's bike . Having said that if the marshals do not treat then carry a down rider correctly there should be serious questions asked .There is no reason to further injure a rider that has come down because you want to clear the track quickley .

wombat - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:19 PM

People often look to blame if they can but onboard footage from Bautista's bike showed Marco lose the front then hanging off the side of the bike.

I don't even think it had anything to do with the front regaining grip as his weight and grip on the bars then pulled him across hard to the right.

Sadly both Edwards and Rossi made contact with Marco from head on shots which were pretty sickening.

Wayne is correct though that any sport can and does bring accidental death, Motogp would be far safer than rock fishing or riding your own bike on the road.

These guys know the risks and obviously love what they do. Very sad tragedy.

iusedtobesleepy

October 25, 2011 12:31 PM

I have to agree with percentage. Gardner is in an excellent position to explain what a rider may go through etc as he hit a fallen Franco Uncini (I remember seeing that live and thinking no way of surviving). This was just a freak accident with no fault on any part and an absolutely heartbreaking conclusion. Rest in Peace Marco and I trust the Motogp family will pay huge respects to Marco at Valencia.

Steve - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:45 PM

I dont think this time they could have saved Marco however you never know being droped definitely didn't help and who ever disagreed where you there if the marshalls can get there so should the medical staff there pirioty was to clear the track

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