Shortly after Danilo Petrucci crashed on the finish of MotoAmerica Medallia Superbike Race Two Could 22 at VIRginia Worldwide Raceway, he posted on his social media feed about his expertise and his displeasure with how MotoAmerica dealt with the scenario.
Journalists from Europe, who weren’t on the monitor and a few who clearly didn’t even watch a video replay of the incident, took Petrucci’s account as absolute reality and with out getting data from another sources wrote articles that painted MotoAmerica’s security requirements and the collection as an entire in a destructive mild.
Sadly, Petrucci’s account of occasions shouldn’t be precisely correct and will arguably be referred to as exaggerated.
Petrucci claimed he “hit three sponsor indicators with my physique,” when in reality he slid by one sponsor signal manufactured from light-weight materials as a result of it’s supposed to be positioned close to the monitor with out being a hazard to riders.
Petrucci claimed he was a mendacity down for “over two minutes with no help,” however video from the dwell race broadcast filmed him strolling round and never exhibiting any indicators of misery 56 seconds after he took the checkered flag. MotoAmerica officers stated they noticed Petrucci with direct line of sight sitting up inside 30 seconds of him crossing the end line.
Inside three minutes of crashing Petrucci was within the medical heart at VIR receiving care from a well-staffed and trauma-trained medical workforce, and afterward Petrucci’s accidents didn’t even warrant him being transported to a hospital in an ambulance. As an alternative, he flew dwelling to Italy to see medical doctors there.
However after spending the final 10 years racing within the MotoGP World Championship, the place the tracks are staffed by tons of of cornerworkers; a number of physicians, nurses, and bodily therapists; with medi-vac helicopters all the time on standby, Petrucci was apparently offended concerning the degree of care he obtained. And as an alternative of speaking about it with officers, the Italian determined to vent on social media, which led to MotoAmerica being portrayed poorly within the Worldwide media and the eyes of followers.
Petrucci has but to answer requests from Roadracingworld.com looking for to talk to him, however different MotoAmerica racers, previous and current, with Worldwide racing expertise say they’re comfy with the extent of security at MotoAmerica occasions and that they take exception to Petrucci’s feedback earlier than and after VIR.
“I feel it’s [safety in MotoAmerica] been superior,” stated defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, who raced within the Crimson Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, the Moto2 World Championship, the British Supersport Championship, and in a full season of the FIM Superbike World Championship. “I don’t know precisely what occurred within the incident on Sunday. I assume [Petrucci] was upset that no one was there to take care of him straight away. They didn’t actually present it on TV, so I don’t actually know what occurred. However in all of my years in MotoAmerica and after my yr in World Superbike, MotoAmerica has actually been on it when it comes to security.
“That’s a very bizarre place to crash. At VIR, there’s no wall on the market with cornerworkers and paramedics ready to leap over the wall. I’m probably not positive what he’s complaining about. After they confirmed him on digital camera he was strolling away and on the brink of stroll throughout the monitor. Is he mad that they didn’t come choose him up or one thing?”
Requested concerning the destructive protection MotoAmerica has obtained following Petrucci’s feedback, Gagne stated, “That’s the unlucky half. I haven’t talked to him since COTA, however all I’ve heard from him since then is him bagging on everybody at MotoAmerica for various causes, not simply this weekend.”
“It’s a very tough scenario,” stated Josh Hayes, who along with successful Supersport Race One at VIR this previous weekend has gained 83 different MotoAmerica/AMA Professional races, 4 AMA Superbike Championships, and has raced within the FIM MotoGP, Supersport, and Endurance World Championships. “I’ve been such a fan of Petrucci and I’m actually dissatisfied for him to return right here and simply be sh*tting on us within the first three races.
“He doubles on the first one and MotoAmerica’s nice. He does good on the subsequent one, however it doesn’t go fully the best way he desires [and] we’re sh*t. He will get to the following monitor (VIR), he rides good, it doesn’t go the best way he desires, and we’re sh*t once more. Who isn’t bummed by all of that?
“The racetrack scenario isn’t a very simple one to reply. I keep in mind watching Neil Hodgson run off on the checkered flag at that spot, him driving it out, and the way far he went on the market within the grass. And never with the ability to flip a highway bike within the grass, should you put a nook station on the market you simply may kill any person.
“The very fact is the cornerworkers should be on the within of the monitor. It’s the one protected place for them to go. So, it doesn’t matter what, there have been nonetheless bikes [on] the racetrack in entrance of the cornerworkers. It’s not simple for them to get there. When the final individual takes the checkered flag and clears they’ll get to him as quick as they’ll run to him. It’s simply the placement and the best way the monitor is laid out.
“So, I perceive coming from the pace he was and the time dilation. And he’s Italian, so he’s dramatic. I do assume it’s a bit hot-headed and unfair in a method, however I’m understanding of his plight in the identical breath.
“I don’t know if he’s ever raced outdoors of GP, so I’m unsure he understands the [different] requirements. I’d think about there are just a few locations in BSB and the French Championship and each home Championship on this world the place you’ll have comparable points.”
“For me I feel MotoGP is a really completely different Championship,” stated Hector Barbera, who spent 17 seasons racing within the World Championship and in addition raced within the British Superbike Championship. “It’s unimaginable to match to the Spanish Championships or the British or to MotoAmerica as a result of [MotoGP] is racing on the most protected tracks around the globe. And yearly they’re working to make the tracks extra protected. That is completely different.
“If I charge the Championships from one to 10, MotoGP is possibly 10 and [MotoAmerica] is about seven. It’s not unhealthy. Certain, in some place can you progress some unhealthy place within the corners and make it much less harmful. However even within the Spanish Championships the tracks usually are not solely Barcelona and Jerez and Valencia. We even have Albacete. Albacete is extra harmful. We’ve got Almeria, is extra harmful. Monte Blanco is extra harmful.
“In British Superbike it’s harmful. You trip Superbikes with no electronics and lots of occasions with moist circumstances. The bikes and the tires are comparable, however that Championship is tough. The tracks are small tracks and generally the bikes fly (laughs).
“For me, I do know once I come trip right here the tracks are particular tracks. Some tracks are larger and have extra security, and a few tracks are small ones and you want to trip with extra consideration. However it is a Championship that’s good.”
“Clearly, security has gotten quite a bit higher since MotoAmerica’s taken over in lots of completely different points,” stated Roger Hayden, a former MotoAmerica Superbike race winner and AMA Professional Supersport Champion who has raced within the MotoGP and Superbike World Championships. Hayden at the moment works for MotoAmerica as a commentator on the MotoAmericaLive+ streaming service. “If you happen to keep in mind again to the best way it was, one time it was pouring rain in a Superbike race at Highway America and we have been on slicks. There’s no manner on this planet MotoAmerica would let that occur. They’ve really held up races as a result of rain was coming in.
“One factor is we don’t have a ton of tracks constructed for [motorcycle] racing, and I feel that’s the distinction from the European tracks. They’re constructed with bikes in thoughts. A lot of the tracks we go to are constructed for vehicles. So, both we race there or we don’t have a collection.
“I’m not saying they’re all harmful both, and there’s been loads of guys who came visiting from different Worldwide collection and so they didn’t complain. The tracks in America are positively completely different. They’re a bit bit smaller and tighter, and it makes it look a bit bit worse than it’s the first time you go on the market. May some issues enhance? I’m positive it may, however it improves yearly.
“I don’t assume MotoAmerica ever stated they have been good. They attempt to enhance yearly, and so they hear. And that’s one other large distinction from MotoAmerica and who ran it earlier than. Whenever you had issues earlier than there was no one to go discuss to. You couldn’t discuss to no one. Now, when you’ve gotten an issue, even once I was racing, I may go discover Wayne [Rainey, MotoAmerica President] or Chuck [Aksland, MotoAmerica COO] or Richard [Varner, MotoAmerica CFO] and they might hear, and you’ll get a solution. And that’s all you may ask for.
“It’s come a great distance, not solely in monitor security however now we’ve a medical workforce that involves all of the races. We’ve got a collection physician who is aware of the riders’ histories. And I feel that’s one thing we’ve by no means had earlier than, and it’s actually large.
“I see lots of people speaking unhealthy about MotoAmerica proper now and I want I may simply take them again and have them dwell by 2013 and 2014. You assume it’s unhealthy now? It is best to have raced then whenever you didn’t even know if there can be a collection the following yr. One yr we solely had six races. So, it’s come an extended, great distance in a brief period of time.”