MotoGP » Nicky Hayden escapes serious injury in Aragon scare


“I thought I might hit the wall headfirst if I jumped off, so I let go right before impact. I'm sorry to tear up the bike” – Nicky Hayden.

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Scooter426 - Seattle - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 6:28 PM

MotoGP is better than this. Airfence should be installed at the very minimum. Track design can also prevent these types of crashes. Nicky was EXTREMELY lucky this time. Anyone of the riders could have been killed or seriously injured by this barrier in the final turn. Big mistake by the Aragon track officials and the FIM/MotoGP. Riders at this level need to demand proper safety precautions at all of the tracks, or no racing. PERIOD!

petrolbonce

September 30, 2012 6:35 PM

"I pushed the front in the last turn. I was able to pick it up, but I came up on that wall really fast."

Yup a momentary snap decision to pick the bike up was probably the wrong one. Letting it lowside would have been safer.

Not that I'm blaming him for that. Many riders have had that option and you're so focused on riding that you have an instinct that says "I've got to save this".

petrolbonce

September 30, 2012 6:36 PM

@Fast Eddie and the person they should be asking the question of is Capirossi. He's supposed to be the riders safety representative. Doesn't seem to be doing as good a job of that as, say, Randy Mamola used to do. He was a real bulldog over that stuff.

angus - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 8:38 PM

What a Damn Shame for him always giving it 100% seeing the crash was shocking and thoughts of broken wrists went through my mind , Just see the year out in one piece Nicky and ready yourself for 2013

ugh - Unregistered

September 30, 2012 8:39 PM

ugh that was ugly. glad he is alright.



Hope Ben is watching, these front end crashes are what he has to look forward to next year too. You try to go fast, the front folds...

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