Portimao MotoGP check: Aleix Espargaro: “I do not wish to speak about pebbles anymore, nobody is listening to us” | MotoGP


The query was raised once more after Fabio Di Giannantonio was unable to participate within the second day of the Portimao MotoGP check as a consequence of an accident by which he suffered a concussion.

Di Giannantonio crashed whereas engaged in a simulated Dash race, nonetheless, the innocent accident turned out to be something however, because the Italian was despatched via the gravel after hitting some large rocks.

Talking on the topic, Espargaro mentioned: “I do not wish to speak about it anymore, we have been speaking about it for 4 years and nobody is listening to us. We have mentioned it many instances.

“Yesterday Maverick and Diggia had issues with the stones. We mentioned it many instances. In Jerez too we mentioned it 1000 instances earlier than they modified something.”

“What do MotoGP riders do when they don’t seem to be listened to by officers? What am I imagined to do? I am unable to do something.

“We are able to categorical our emotions, nothing extra. It could be a mistake on our half to not say something. Nonetheless, we’ve got mentioned this many instances to the Safety Fee and likewise to the media. However there isn’t any response to sure issues.”

The difficulty was additionally raised on this week’s episode of the Crash.web MotoGP podcast, as Keith Huewen mentioned Portimao had brick-sized rocks from a builders website.

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“The rocks are the scale of half a brick, when they need to be between 8 and 20mm,” Huewen added. “There’s a degree facet of gravel that ought to be within the runoff areas. Portimao has website bricks within the gravel!

“They’re bloody – even worse if you happen to get stung. Apparently they modify it, nevertheless it’s an enormous job. Hundreds of sq. meters. They need to do it earlier than we go racing.”

Crash.web MotoGP Editor Peter McLaren additionally added: “Di Giannantonio’s helmet regarded prefer it had been shot with a shotgun. He was actually mad on the measurement of the gravel. Aleix was additionally livid.”

With MotoGP having taken a number of steps to enhance security over the previous few seasons, altering the scale of gravel ought to be subsequent on the agenda because it has repeatedly confirmed to be a hazard to riders.


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