aggressive young people, too many drivers on the track, not strict rules –

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from Giorgio Terruzzi

After the death of Dean Berta Viales in Jerez and the serious Moto3 accident in Austin, where Migno and Acosta were saved by a miracle, everything must be rethought. Valentino: They are all crazy, the tragic situation. Those who cut straight must stay at home

2008 Italian Grand Prix, 250 class. Marco Simoncelli suddenly changes line, hits the bike of Hector Barbera which falls in the straight line. The frightening incident but without consequences. The dynamics: identical to that of the collision between the Turkish Oncu and the Spanish Alcoba in Austin, with Migno and Acosta involved and miraculously unharmed.

2011 Malaysian Grand Prix, MotoGp class.
Marco Simoncelli falls and is hit by Edwards and Rossi’s bikes. The inevitable, tremendous impact
. Simoncelli dies. The dynamics: identical to the one that ended the life of Jason Dupasquier, 19 years old, Moto3 rider, in May at Mugello; to the one that took away Dean Berta Viales, 15, a Supersport 300 rider, in September in Jerez. Very similar to the accident that killed Hugo Miln, 14, Spanish, European Talent Cup driver three months ago in Aragon. Dramatically current motorcycling courses and resorts.

With an alarming intensification to the point of convincing an experienced centaur like Michel Fabrizio to retire, on the day of Viales’ death: I saw 42 children competing at the same time. Too many, with very little experience. time to say enough.

Valentino Rossi also raised his voice in the face of the Austin collision which resulted in the disqualification of Oncu for two races: Now everyone has gone mad, the situation is tragic. Those who cut straight must stay at home. That this is an emergency seems evident. That the responsibility lies entirely with the young drivers is questionable.

The disqualification inflicted on the Oncu sacrosanct but in the absence of a stricter regulation risks turning the Turk into a scapegoat rather than reduce the likelihood of a new drama. The tracks have improved, although in Austin many have objected to the excess holes. Those who run have safer tools but certain maneuvers remain extremely dangerous, just as a fall in the middle of the track seems to be unstoppable while other riders arrive. How many? Too many, especially in training competitions.

A problem that adds to the homologation of technical means. In Moto3 there are two manufacturers, Honda and Ktm – explains Loris Reggiani, former rider and commentator – are identical control units, changes, tires. The performances are the same and groups are formed that travel over 200 hours. Less motorcycles on the track, corrections to the technical and sporting rules.

The complex recipe requires authority on the part of the Federation and Dorna, the bodies that govern motorcycling, always a little clumsy in the face of an emergency in a world where friendships and interests form an intricate network of sustenance. THEmeanwhile the risk rate remains too high. Perhaps no rule could have saved Simoncelli then, Berta Viales today. Perhaps limiting the impressive performance of MotoGPs can be counterproductive, considering the experience of those who ride them. But in front of patrols of unleashed kids something can be done. Now, not tomorrow, as Austin survivor Migno asked. At the cost of reducing the show of races that should form the character but also the discipline of young drivers.

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