Published on 29 May 2012 by Toni M.
Sometimes you’re left wondering how a Race Direction comes up with certain decisions in regards to rider safety, as in the case of last Sunday’s third round of CEV Moto3 championship at the Motorland Aragon circuit, in Spain, following a four rider pile-up.
At the first turn of lap one Marcel Alves Rodriguez crashed out, involving three of the female riders entered in the race, Yui Watanabe, Montserrat Costa and Repsol’s Maria Herrera.
Watanabe got the worst from the crash, as she laid unconcious at the edge of the track when the ambulance arrived and while the medics attended to the injured 15-year old Japanese rider, who would later be diagnosed with a broken collarbone, the race continued unperturbed under the yellow flag regime, with the riders coming around for the second lap to find the ambulance and the marshals still picking up pieces of the crashed bikes.
The CEV Buckler championship is run by Dorna and it’s a very important feeder class to GP racing, but we’re still shocked on how could a Race Direction make such a serious judgement call by not halting the race with a red flag and risk the safety and lives of these dedicated teenagers in such a callous way.
For a complete photo sequence of the crash, check out Spanish website Plusmoto.com
Photo courtesy of David Gomez of Plusmoto.