Althea Racing team manager Genesio Bevilacqua says recent serious accidents amongst the World Superbike Championship riders have made their counterparts more wary when it comes to starting races in potentially tricky conditions.
Following a chaotic race day at Monza in which the first race was cancelled and second shortened because of inclement weather, Bevilacqua admits the delays in getting the second race underway arguably cost it the chance to run full distance, but was understanding of the reasons for it.
Pointing to recent accidents, such as those suffered by Joan Lascorz and Brett McCormick, Bevilacqua says safety has to be of paramount importance, even if it comes at the expense of spectator enjoyment.
“It was a really strange day, conditioned by problems and indecision on the part of the organisers. I think that everyone involved took too long in their decision making and what resulted was one shortened race which was something or nothing really.
“Recent accidents have perhaps made the riders more wary in these kinds of conditions and I agree with them, though of course it doesn't make for great racing for the spectators.”