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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

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