arqueturus wrote:cHeal wrote:RIP. I'm really really sad to hear this news. He was easily my favourite MotoGp rider. Really really sad day. I suspect it could be a bit of a watershed moment for biking safety, similar to the Senna crash. I suspect there will be big changes for safety in the next few years, MotoGp cannot afford to allow its riders be killed anymore, it must act. In reality while nobody has died in the sport for some years, that in my opinion is only by chance. Horrible crashes are a regular occurrence and injury is common. Many of the riders on the grid for a MotoGp race are injured.
There were 2 serious injuries in the moto2 FP1. With one rider being thrown violently from his bike, in a scene reminiscent of Giles Villenueves fatal accident. He did not race. Another rider dislocated his shoulder moments before. moto2 race was red flagged 2 laps after an incident that left a rider motionless on track.
The sport is NOT safe, and it simply is not acceptable for Helmets to be coming off. Marco was not just an exciting rider, he was a great character and the grid will definitely be a poorer place for his absence.
There really isn't much more that can be done for safety really. Most of the riders have airbags in their leathers these days. Having seen a very brief replay of the accident that happened to Marco, I'm not suprised the helemt came off. The back of his head was hit by another bike, I would expect the strap to snap from the sheer force of it.
In the three deaths that I mention (and including Marco's) they all came from the rider being hit by other bikes and that's the factor that can never be controlled. If you imagine just running as fast as you can into a wall without slowing down, it gives you some idea of how vulnerable riders are from impacts. Can you think of any way of making bike racing safer other than illegallising it?
Well helmets is an area where things can be improved. Helmets should not be coming off. stronger helmets, stronger straps. Whatever it takes. Double strapping. It simply needs to be looked at but this incident aside, (which was indeed a freak accident, and hard to protect against) there are too many accidents and injuries overall. Increase the airbags in their leathers, or perhaps tether the riders to the bikes because rarely do the bikes maintain massive speed after a crash. Usually it is the rider being thrown from the bike which produces the greater injury, however that may not be desirable in some situations. Regardless, I'm am not intimately knowledgeable on bike racing so my ideas are unlikely to stand up to much scrutiny, but somebody needs to put forward ideas in this area.
Apparently the move to 1000cc engines will improve safety, though I don't fully understand why that is.
Regards the marshals:
That looks like they dropped him, but this is not the Marshals fault. The medical services provided for these riders is simply not up to scratch. In F1 a team of medical staff arrive at the scene of an accident where a driver is injured. Where this happens it should always be the case that a riders life is not left in the hands of voluntary marshals. It should be only medical staff who handle riders in this situation. This has been the case in F1 for a couple of decades. if you look at Senna's crash in 1994, he is attended to by a crew of professionals, and airlifted to hospital. Not dragged from the track by a couple of marshals.