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Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON

If there was one thing proven by Sam Lowes’ sec­ond crash on Sun­day, it’s that Mo­togp needs to look at im­ple­ment­ing the BSB cham­pi­onship’s rules on rid­ers not restart­ing a race af­ter a crash.

Lowes was lucky to es­cape the high-speed tum­ble at turn nine with only fric­tion burns, af­ter an al­ready-dam­aged han­dle­bar snapped off cleanly un­der brak­ing, jam­ming the lever, lock­ing his front wheel and cat­a­pult­ing him over the front of the ma­chine.

Yes, it would deny peo­ple like Marc Mar­quez the chance to re­join af­ter a low-speed tum­ble, like he did ear­lier this year at Le Mans to take what could end up be­ing three valu­able points. But in a cham­pi­onship with such a heavy fo­cus on safety, it is an un­ac­cept­able risk to al­low rid­ers des­per­ate to take any points the chance to put lives in danger by re­turn­ing to the track on po­ten­tially dam­aged ma­chin­ery.

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