It was a calm start for Loris Baz on Tuesday in Sepang, the Avintia Racing rider slowly improving his lap times during his first outing. As the French rider pushed for a fast lap he suffered a dramatic crash at 290 km/h, launched from his bike down the straight and halting the test for over an hour. With Avintia finding no mechanical fault as the cause of the crash, Michelin began to analyse the rear tyre from Baz's bike. Avintia Racing stressed that they followed the recommendations of the Michelin engineer at all times. Without enough time to run full tests, Michelin removed the soft compound rear that Baz was running as a precaution. This left the rest of the MotoGP™ grid with only the hard option available. Despite the fall Baz was able to get back out on track in the afternoon, but didn’t not improve his time and ended Tuesday in 19th,
Loris Baz: “The start of the day was good. We used the soft tyre to try to improve the lap times and, although the lap was not incredible, we were able to improve the lap time from yesterday. But then we had a problem with the rear tyre and I crashed out at 290 km/h and my bike was destroyed. Fortunately I was unhurt, but you always loose energy after this kind of accident, because even I you don’t have anything serious, you feel all your muscles like if you have been training during 20 hours. My mechanics made a great job to put the bike back on track for the last two hours. It was not bad, but I felt a little bit tired riding the bike and I didn’t want to push and crash again. But I matched the same lap time from yesterday testing some suspension parts that I didn’t like too much.”
- From MotoGP.com
Tuesday, 02 February 2016 09:59 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Montreal racer Dan Kruger is recovering at his US home in Atlanta following a serious crash during practice for the legendary Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race on July 23 at Japan's Suzuka circuit. Kruger highsided while racing a GSX-R1000 for a Suzuki-based squad and suffered multiple injuries during the crash, during which he lost consciousness.
Kruger suffered a punctured lung, damaged ribs and right hand, a broken collarbone and head injuries that will prevent him from resuming regular activities for the time being. Those head injuries are the current focus of his medical team.
"I highsided and landed on track, and slid unconscious down the track," said Kruger in an email to Inside Motorcycles editor Graeme Jones. "The bike was completely destroyed and my leathers were scraped on all four corners front and back, so it must have been big. Too bad I was knocked out and missed the show."
While the length of his recovery period has yet to be determined, Kruger is hopeful for a return to racing in September, when a road race in Germany and two Chinese Superbike races are on his schedule. "I am quite confident all will be fine in a few months," he summarized.
Inside Motorcycles will post more details as the come available. Safe healing, Dan!
Friday, 31 July 2015 15:46 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 13:18 Published in Industry News