OIL SPILL CRASH CHAOS IN MOTO3
The opening laps of Sunday’s Moto3 race at Le Mans descended into utter chaos as well over half the field crashed when oil was leaked onto the track after a number of riders were allowed to re-join after a first-lap crash.
The second lap incident that brought out the red flags at turn six saw 20 of the 30-rider field fall at the corner, with eventual race winner Joan Mir among those to come off.
He said: “I think I was the first rider to crash, and I looked over my shoulder in the gravel trap and saw maybe 15 riders behind me! I knew there had to be oil down, but the difficult thing at that point is to maintain the concentration for the restart.”
The crash will once again launch calls for Motogp to introduce a rule similar to that in place in BSB where a crashed rider cannot re-join the race. It comes after a number of incidents where crash damage has caused other crashes, including Cal Crutchlow’s high-speed fall in the opening race of the season at Qatar.
‘I was in the gravel trap and saw 15 riders behind me!’ JOAN MIR
Eventual winner Mir was one of the many to skittle into the gravel trap