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MotoGP, After Salom's accident, bikes to use chicane as in F1

Official confirmation has arrived: the riders will ride the 'S', excluding turn 12, used by the F1 cars

After Salom's accident, bikes to use chicane as in F1

Luis Salom passed away at 16.55 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident at turn 12. The circumstances of the incident can be seen in video footage and photos.

The reason for the crash is unknown (a mistake or a technical malfunction are both viable possibilities) but the images clearly show the Spaniard sliding across the run-off area at high speed, also due to the asphalt surface which prevented him from slowing down.

Salom's bike hit the airfence before the rider hit the bike, lifting it. In the impact, he suffered traumas that led to his death.

The MotoGP riders held a Safety Commission meeting and also went to examine the site of the accident. Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone, Pol Espargaro, Jack Miller, Bradley Smith, Alvaro Bautista, Aleix Espargaro, Andrea Dovizioso, Tito Rabat and Cal Crutchlow took part in the Safety Commission and, having examined ways to prevent any similar incidents in the future, it has been decided that riders will use the chicane that they use in Formula 1.

As you can see from the layout here above, in this way the bikes will not take turn 12 but will pass via the 'S' that would slow them down. The riders in the three classes will adopt this solution already tomorrow.

The MotoGP riders already tested this layout during a test two years ago. To allow everyone to get to grips with the new layout, tomorrow's sessions will be lengthened.

Here is the updated schedule:

Translated by Heather Watson

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