END TO RIDER RESTARTS
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.