No more deaths in the world championship: Dorna takes steps to save the young Moto3 riders

2021 was a black year for motorcycling. Too many pilots, especially in small displacements, have lost their lives. The most frequent dynamic is that made sadly known by Marco Simoncelli: the driver slips and the others cannot avoid him. And MotoGP is taking action

THEmotorcycling is dangerous, anyone who has ever ridden a motorcycle knows this. He also knows who has chosen to race on the track and has had to fill out a disclaimer, as well as who has entered the paddock and read on the pass that motorsport is dangerous. AND 2021 reminded us that tragedies – despite increasingly safer circuits and suits complete with airbags – they cannot always be avoided. Just last year three kids left: Jason Dupasquier, nineteen-year-old Swiss from Moto3, Dean Berta Vinales and Hugo Millan, respectively fifteen and fourteen. The dynamic was the same made infamous from the death of Marco Simoncelli, hit by other riders following a crash. Everything has been written about the measures to be taken: that kids shouldn’t race, that motorcycles are dangerous, that the technical regulations must be rewritten from scratch to increase the gap between one rider and another. It goes without saying that intervening, when chance and bad luck are involved, remains very complicated even with the best of intentions.

T.however Dorna he hasn’t forgotten what happened. The Grand Prix Commission, gathered in Qatar to discuss (also) the new Ducati lowering device, raised the issue of safety for the smaller displacements. Dorna members, FIM; IRTA and MSMA have in fact discussed new safety regulations for Moto3 and Moto2 riders, to whom warnings could be communicated on the dashboard regarding a possible danger on the track. Therefore, not only oil, earth and debris, but also a driver who could be trajectory in a point of the circuit not visible from a distance. Think for example of the Portimaõ turn 8, where the track goes over the hill and the drivers are forced to drive blindly. Dorna will test the system – for which an electronic change to the software is needed – during 2022, to then bring it at full capacity in Moto3 next year. Later, in the event that it proves useful and functional, it will also be brought into the middle category. A step that, however small, goes in the right direction.

TOAnother novelty introduced is the possibility (in Moto3 and Moto2) to bring home the leftover tires from the race weekend, so that they can be used on production bikes (or almost) between one GP and another. This is mainly for contain waste and to guarantee a greater replacement of tires during the weekend, which must not be overheated in any way above 90 ° C in order to always offer performance at the height. The legislation, in this case, will be introduced starting from the next GP in Indonesia.


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