MotoGP » Sepang Circuit issues Simoncelli statement

Sepang releases statement regarding Marco Simoncelli's fatal accident. Amateur video footage appears to show marshals dropping the stretcher.

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Stuart - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:06 PM

Nothing to do with the circuit, just a very unfortunate accident.

I think the communications in such times of emotion and confusion would always be very difficult and I believe the Sepang organisers did the best they could.

I'm not sure if people are looking for someone/something to blame to cover the grievance.

GHR - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:08 PM

They should not have to "defend" the fact that they stopped the race. It was completely the right decision. Grannie Jane - there were comments over the weekend about lack of grip, but I didn't get the impression it was any worse than at Indy for example. Motorsport is dangerous and we were given a stark reminder of that on Sunday. RIP Sic.

steven - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 12:11 PM

"circuit personnel acted speedily and professionally to attend to Marco as soon as the accident happened" Yeah but its a shame they didnt after isn't it. THEY DROPPED HIM its about time the motogp team gave SOME of thier marshals better training, like when a rider comes off with no helmet don't move him, bring the ambulance on track and stick a neck brace on him


October 25, 2011 12:40 PM

All circuits should improve conditions to make it possible to help riders very fast on the track itself. Without the need of lifting them over the fence with the risk of falling/dropping (which happened here too - there is a video circulating-). Like F1, on the scene back and neck stabilisation with pressurepacks and on the scene CPR. It would not have changed the outcome here, but if you have seen the video.... it looks so unprofessional and it is not the first time.


October 25, 2011 12:41 PM

Main concern I think is the evacuation process. It took forever for the ambulance to get there, and still it didn't go straight to the track where the accident had taken place, but on the service track. Medical personal taking the stretcher also didn't look very professional.

It probably made no difference to poor Marco, but it may be important sometime in the future.


October 25, 2011 12:48 PM

No steven, that is not necessarily correct. In the event of severe trauma, the priority of appropriately trained first persons on scene is to provide elementary life support. In the event of extremely tenuous life signs that might include rapid extrication of the casualty to the next tier of medical intervention. Such calls aren't easy to make and are rarely absolute. They are also impossible to judge from the sidelines.

Grannie Jane - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 1:20 PM

Thanks for the replies, folks.
I'm not looking for blame. It just seemed to me that the clinic was very busy that weekend.
I'm not technical nor a rider so track temperature, tyre selection etc. goes over my head, I'm afraid.

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