Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Deaths: Following Dean Berta Vinales’ tragic death in Jerez, Ducati MotoGP rider Jack Miller says the previous “atrocious” deaths of new riders in 2021 “cannot continue.”
Vinales, a 15-year-old World Supersport 300 racer, and Maverick Vinales’ cousin were killed in a horrible crash during the Jerez World Supersport round last weekend.
In July, 14-year-old Hugo Millan died in a crash, while in May, Moto3 racer Jason Dupasquier died in a crash.
This recent tragedy has generated discussion on how the sport of motorcycle racing may prevent similar tragedies in the future.
The Organization That Runs MotoGP and World Superbike!
Confirmed to Motorsport.com earlier this week that a working group has been formed to address these issues.
Miller, a Ducati rider who knows one of the Vinales riders, says he’s “tired” of attending minutes of quiet during race weekends and believes the junior classes must alter to stop recurring tragedies.
“We’ve discussed it in Moto3, but even in Supersport , those motorcycles aren’t particularly quick, and those bikes aren’t light,” he remarked in response to a query from Motorsport.com about junior rider fatalities.
“It’s a lot of weight and there are so many on the grid that the chances of things going wrong are doubled or tripled.
“I love the racing and the classifications.
- It’s great to have a class like World Supersport 300 to support new riders who may not get an opportunity in Moto3.
- “But we have to take a major step forward in terms of safety and the way these races are run.
- The awful years can’t last forever. We can’t have three little kids die in nine months.
- “It’s horrible, and I think I speak for everyone when I say I’m sick and tired of going to these minutes of silence for children so young.
“This can’t go on, it’s too horrible. No way.”
Marc Marque; Six-time MotoGP World Champion
Feels Dorna is continuously working to “protect us” from tragedies.
But he believes the biggest concern today is the sheer quantity of junior categories, which simply increases the hazards.
- When questioned by Motorsport.com if he felt MotoGP offered adequate assistance to riders in times of tragedy, he stated, “Dorna is trying to protect us and increase safety, on the circuits, leather suits, and helmets”.
- “But the risk is always there. True, compared to 20 years ago, there are double the divisions and riders on the track.
- It means more categories, more riders, and greater risk.
We have a lot, a lot of categories. It’s difficult to manage, difficult to strike a decent solution. It’s race day every weekend: GP, Superbikes, WSS.
“Of course, that equals higher risk.”
Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia repeated Marquez’s reservations about the amount of series including Moto4, Moto3, and Supersport 300 machines.
While Espargaro Believes an Age Limit Increase Should Be Explored
He also believes young riders should be compelled to practice on safer minibikes on karting tracks.
“It’s not just about 16 on the world championship,” he remarked.
- “But we may hit 17. But the issue is that you can go to a major track like Barcelona with a Moto4, which is nearly a Moto3.
- “This is awful for me. I think students should spend more time learning minibikes on kart tracks because they are safer, and they can delay their arrival on a big track by a year or two.
- “Minibikes used to be popular, but now everyone wants to do Moto4.
- “We do Supersport 300, everyone on the larger tracks.
- “Perhaps racing more on karting circuits can help, because I believe the kids can learn the same or more.”
Maverick Vinales Has Chosen to Miss This Weekend’s Grand Prix
Of the Americas in memory of his cousin, a choice backed by Aprilia.
The rest of the grid “appreciates” Aprilia’s gesture, says world champion Joan Mir.
- In a catastrophe like this, I see everyone truly grieving and it appears like we are all united, which is wonderful since this can happen to anyone and it is a horrible situation,” Mir remarked.
- “I realize Maverick isn’t feeling well and Aprilia’s decision is always nice.
- “I believe the riders appreciate it, and I hope it doesn’t happen again.”
Four Minutes Into the Malaysian MotoGP
Honda’s Simoncelli collapsed and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
- Simoncelli’s helmet was smashed as he fell from his bike at Turn 11.
- Simoncelli’s bike drifted across the track, and into Edwards and Rossi’s path. The race was halted immediately.
- He had “quite catastrophic head, neck, and chest trauma” and went into cardiac arrest, MotoGP medical director Michele Macchiagodena said.
- At 4:56 pm local time (0856 GMT), Marco, unfortunately, succumbed to his injuries, MotoGP confirmed in a somber statement.
“MotoGP sends its sincere sympathies to Marco’s family, friends, and team.”
Simoncelli had been fourth after the first lap when he was hit.
A Ducati Rider, Rossi
Was allowed to return to the pits after Edwards fell.
- “It’s done. He died. He died from his wounds “a Dorna official stated on condition of anonymity before a formal announcement.
- Despite a final race in Spain, Casey Stoner won the 2011 title last weekend in Australia.
- Stoner admitted he feared the worst just after the crash.
- “I felt sick as soon as I viewed the clip,” the Australian told BBC2.
- “Losing the helmet is a bad indication.”
- His fellow riders paid tribute.
Cal Crutchlow, of Britain, tweeted: “Marco Simoncelli, rest in peace. A great rider and a friendly person. My condolences to his family & friends. Today is a day I won’t”
Simoncelli’s Death Raised New Concerns About Safety in Motorsports
A 15-car crash killed two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon last weekend, while 2010 MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo lost a finger in Australia during warm-ups.
- Safety in Motorsport: Less F1 and MotoGP Deaths
- They can’t predict every occurrence or variable that could occur during a race.
- It’s impossible.
- However, while many spills and crashes occur, riders and drivers are rarely killed (thankfully).
- Andrea Dovizioso, a top MotoGP racer, says:
- ‘Technology improves bikes and equipment but the human body does not.
For example, in the 1970s, professional motorcycle racing experienced 24 deaths in ten years. In the recent decade, only one death occurred in MotoGP, and it was not the highest level of racing (Marco Simoncelli).
Similarly, F1 Had 12 Deaths in the 1970s but Only 1 in the Last 25 Years (Jules Bianchi)
It has 104 riders every race, compared to 52 drivers per event in the FIA World Championship or another event driving an F1 vehicle.
- The most recent was Moto3 racer Jason Dupasquier, who died in qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix in May 2021. The 19-year-old was rushed to the hospital but died.
- Marco Simoncelli Killed in Malaysian MotoGP Crash
- After the tragic death of IndyCar driver Dan Wheldon, the entire motorsport family has been shocked by the death of MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli.
- Four minutes into the Malaysian MotoGP race, Simoncelli lost control of his bike and was hit by Colin Edwards and Valentino Rossi.
- Simoncelli’s helmet was dislodged in the horrific crash, and he lay unconscious on the track for 45 minutes before succumbing to devastating head and chest injuries.
“On Sunday 23rd October, during the MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.
San Carlo Honda Gresini’s Italian rider Marco Simoncelli suffered a major crash with critical injuries,” the Telegraph reported.
Simoncelli Won the Moto2 Title in 2008; Three Years Before He Sadly Died!
At Sepang. In 2010, he joined the MotoGP ranks, where his wild mane of hair made him easily recognizable.
Dajiro Katoh died in the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix
The race was called off immediately after Simoncelli’s injuries were revealed.
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