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PICS: Sofuoglu, Simon Catalunya crash

Julian Simon suffers double leg fracture after this nasty accident in the Catalunya Moto2 race.
This is the accident (see below for full sequence) that left Moto2 title contender Julian Simon with a double fracture to his right leg, at Catalunya on Sunday.

The accident began when double World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu tagged the rear wheel of second place Simon on lap 16.

That contact flicked the Spaniard into a heavy highside, with also Sofuoglu off track. The Turkish rider was then unable to avoid the tumbling Simon, striking him in the back before also falling.

Sofuoglu was quick to apologise for the incident but Simon, who began the race second in the championship, has now dropped to fourth place - 53 points from Stefan Bradl - and is on his way to surgery.

With both riders receiving medical treatment, Race Direction is to 'organise a hearing' into the incident on Thursday.



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Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011
Simon and Sofuoglu crash, Moto2, Catalunya MotoGP 2011

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LanceTheHooliganAlbon

June 05, 2011 6:50 PM

No one goes out there to deliberately crash into and hurt another rider. These guys ride at such damn fast speeds and have to make decisions in split seconds. Accidents will happen and they are just that ... accidents! Race Direction should stay out as much as possible and leave it to the racers :p

Shrieker

June 06, 2011 9:14 AM
Last Edited 2007 days ago

It was an attempt at sitting Simon up but terribly misjudged. I haven't seen any overtakes in this corner in years. It all comes back full circle into track knowledge. This was Kenan's first time here and it costed both him and Simon dearly.



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