I was quite sad to see on todays World bike race there was a terrible accident, bike all over the place after looks like going hard into a wall, rider lying in terrible possition not moving in the middle of the track!
The marshalls used a split stretcher to lift the rider from the track to the side!
This was the only image you seen of the crash then they just went back to the racing without mentioning it!
It was announced at the end of the race that the rider has serious brain, neck and back injuries and is sadly fighting for his life!
I personally think this is shocking, if it had been a car accident at any level of the sport the race would have been stopped immediatly and top class doctors would have been on the scene within minutes!
Instead the guy was rushed off the track as quick as possible to let the racing continue probably adding to his injuries!
Rant over, I really hope the guy is ok and recovers well!
Yup, saw a bit of that this morning whilst idly looking at the Eurosport schedule to see when the FIA GTs and Touring Cars were on (not even slightly interested in bikes myself) and saw the shot of the bike in several pieces and the marshalls unceremoniously dumping the poor guy on the stretcher to get him off the track - can't believe they didn't stop the race in that situation, surely it's not a good idea to move someone as badly injured as that at all?
I guess that bikes have a lot more of a macho culture than car racing. The likelyhood of serious injury or death seems to be half the point rather than an unfortunate possibility which should be guarded against like in car racing (mostly).
Wish I could show the appropriate clip of this and of some of the road smashes involving motorbikes I was shown at Uni. to a mate of mine who seems hell bent on getting a bike.
Also glad they don't run combined bike/car meetings any more at KH. I'd rather not be there when they have to wheel out the meat wagon....
You are correct Dave - there were discussions between all the drivers and the SMRC about using Yokos but it was felt that it would be only fair to offer Kumho to improve their tyres first after supporting the championships for 6 years.
They came up with a cheaper, longer lasting tyre with the practically the same amount of grip so fair enough...
Are you marshalling on Sunday? If so, I'll see you around and I'm sure we'll be having a couple of beers after the XR2 race if you can make it (I haven't seen the timetable yet but we are usually towards the end).