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de Angelis slowed by flags

Alex de Angelis was denied a last gasp chance to try and re-take eleventh position from Roger Lee Hayden, after claiming marshals were waving flags before he had finished Sunday's US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

de Angelis, riding in his second race for Interwetten Honda while Hiroshi Aoyama continues to recover, was overtaken by fellow stand-in Hayden on the penultimate lap and took the chequered flag 0.577sec behind the American.

"On the last lap the marshals started to wave blue and green flags at me, so I closed the throttle, because I didn't know what was going on, but I guess this was not meant to be for me," said the Sammarinese.

"I think the first rider crossed the finish line and they started to wave the flags. This was a mistake and it took my pace away and I could not attack Hayden anymore."

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pp916 - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 4:26 PM

Typical of the standard of marshalling at some circuits, the US in particular seems to lack properly trained marshalls judging by the invitation seen issued to all and sundry to get to marshall at the GP and get a closer (and free) view of the racing.....its kinda more serious than that! I remember seeing marshalls in Czecho leave a badly injured rider lying in the track unprotected on the racing line cos they didn't like the look of him and instead fought over picking his bike up, ditto in Germany on more than one occasion....the marshalls, thats all of them, need to be trained to a professional standard and fully understand the flag signals for the event they are working at.

Yamaman - Unregistered

July 26, 2010 6:25 PM

As one of the marshalls working the Laguna, I can confirm that radio clearance was sought before heading trackside with the flags. We were well advised to stay clear of a live track when our presence was unnecessay and I know of at least one individual who was dismissed for crossing without permission earlier on. Everybody is drilled and given constant safety reminders, with several inspections by MotoGP authorities. Unless you have been involved before, do not criticize the system. Most workers there conducted themselves in a professional manner and were on the lookout for each other. As regards the 'free ticket', the view you get is pot luck. The experience as a whole is what counts.

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