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Riders Unite for Safety: Historic MotoGP Debut in India Raises Concerns

The Buddh International Circuit hosted F1 races between 2011 and 2013

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Aditya Saikrishna
Aditya Saikrishna
I am 21 years old and an avid Motorsports enthusiast.

INDIA: Excitement and anticipation are mounting as India prepares to host its first-ever MotoGP round at the iconic Buddh International Circuit this weekend. However, concerns over track safety have cast a shadow over the event, making safety the focal point of discussions among riders.

The Buddh International Circuit, originally designed for Formula 1 races from 2011 to 2013, faced criticism due to its outdated safety features. The most significant concerns revolve around the placement of walls a mere three meters from the asphalt, with particular attention drawn to the safety at Turn 3, one of the slower corners of the track.

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In response to these concerns, the venue underwent substantial upgrades, including an extension of run-off areas and partial resurfacing. Yet, as of last week, it had not received homologation by the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM).

Aprilia rider Aleix Espargaro, a vocal advocate for rider safety, spearheaded discussions among riders, culminating in a united front regarding safety issues. “In India, all the riders together are going to walk the track before we get on the bike to understand the situation,” Espargaro emphasized.

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Riders are determined to ensure their voices are heard. They plan to hold a vote among themselves on any matters concerning their safety.

As the inaugural Indian Grand Prix looms, riders and organizers alike are committed to addressing safety concerns head-on. With discussions and safety measures in place, fans can expect an action-packed race weekend that not only showcases the thrill of MotoGP but also prioritizes the well-being of the riders.

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This unity among riders signifies a positive step forward in ensuring the safety and well-being of MotoGP participants. As India gears up for this momentous event, the collective resolve of the riders promises to create a safer and more secure racing environment.

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