WSBK » Rea breaks femur, says lack of flags ‘unbelievable’

Confirmed with a broken femur following his huge accident at the Nurburgring, Jonathan Rea says there were no oil flags at he point where he fell.

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September 01, 2013 11:49 PM

This is not the first time the training & actions of non UK marshals have been called into question. Something needs to happen & soon!

The UK has probably the best marshals both Racesafe for bikes & MSA for the rest in the world. There is no reason other than ignorance or indifference to prevent the rest of the world raising their standards to the ones used in the UK.

We are talking racer & crowd safety for this we should accept nothing less than the best because when the worst happens the lives of the racers & crowd rest in the hands of marshals.


September 02, 2013 4:07 AM

seems the nurburg marshalls aren't aware of their own history...? see entry for Edwards 1999. one of the worst oil crashes since kellner's belgarda R6 at assen '02. rea's damn lucky to have survived. however, luck should have nothing to do with it.


September 02, 2013 7:55 AM

All the worlds motorsports bodies need to get together to coordinate marshalling instigating high level training and not to let untrained inexperienced marshalls work at any event.
As it is some marshalls are a danger to the sport.


September 02, 2013 11:03 AM

I saw the green flag waving (they showed it on Eurosport) just as Johnny Rea came flying off into the gravel. The marshall then dropped the green and put up a yellow. Given that the Kwak had already laid the oil down just before i think it was a pretty disgusting performance by the marshall there. Should already have been a red flag at the point of the Kwak chucking it's load on the tarmac. And the fact that this corners had hay bales protecting a tyre wall was another big balls up....air fencing should have been in place. Anyone see the guy of the scaffold doing the camera work as Leon's bikes came flying through the air? He didn't even flinch..guy has big cajones :)


September 02, 2013 12:56 PM

Incompetant in the extreme, I know the marshals are all volunteers who give up their free time, but the training needs to be a lot better. This is a dangerous enough sport without things like this.

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