MotoGP boss can do no more on safety

Updated: Jan 13, 2011, 14:55 PM IST

Madonna Di Campiglio: MotoGP can do little more to improve safety for the coming season despite Moto2 rider Shoya Tomizawa dying in a crash last year, series chief Carmelo Ezpeleta said.

Japan`s Tomizawa died after falling and being struck by two other bikes during September`s San Marino Grand Prix while MotoGP great Valentino Rossi broke his leg in June amid a string of other accidents.

"With both accidents, Rossi`s leg and Shoya in Misano, we think there are not many things we can do," Ezpeleta, boss of MotoGP commercial rights holders Dorna, told reporters.

"We are working on this. In the last week the grand prix commission approved the introduction of tyre pressure and temperature testing.”

"It is something in the opinion of the riders which will help them know exactly how the tyre conditions are which has been one of the main issues in the last year."

Racing bikes at high speed is one of the world`s most dangerous pursuits and the only measure which would eradicate risk would be to stop the sport entirely.

"In the case of Shoya, we discussed it and we are working on different issues following the instructions of the riders in the grand prix safety commission," the Spaniard said.

"But there is not a lot of things we can do, especially with an accident like this, but of course we don`t give up trying to do the best we can."

Despite the accident, Ezpeleta said last season`s switch to 600cc Moto2 from 250ccs in the minor class had been a success.

Bureau Report