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The Buddh International Circuit, originally designed for Formula 1 races from 2011 to 2013, faced criticism due to its outdated safety features.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.
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.
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.
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.