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Moto3, Simoncelli on safety: "it's about educating, starting with minibikes"

"Riders aren’t punished. They should be tougher. It would also be essential to reduce the starters. It would help."

Moto3: Simoncelli on safety: "it's about educating, starting with minibikes"


Paolo Simoncelli was interviewed by Sky on the safety issue in the minor classes after the death of Dean Berta Vinales in Jerez in the Supersport 300 race.

In my opinion, it’s a question of educating them, which  stems from the minibikes, from when the guys get on a bike for the first time,” he said. “They don’t give the yellow flags importance. Penalties aren’t given in the right measure. They have to be tougher. There’s little education from the start, and the riders aren’t punished, or just for stupid things and not important things."

Simoncelli also expressed his doubts about the category itself and the number of riders on the grid.

"What's thid 300 class in orld championship? It could be good for a national championship,” he said. “Another important thing is the number of competitors. The guys want to get there at all costs and, when they close their visors, they don't think about anything else. Having fewer starters could help a lot. It would be  essential."

Finally, Paolo pointed the finger at another factor that is often a topic of discussion.

"The green outside the corners allows riders to go faster. After all, they know they’ll do them anyway. Receiving a long lap after five times is too convenient," he explained.

Translated by Leila Myftija

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