MotoGP to reduce pitlane speed to 40km/h after Brno incidents
MotoGP’s pitlane speed limit will be slashed from 60km/h to 40km/h from Sunday in order to avoid a repeat of the incidents seen during last weekend’s ‘flag-to-flag’ race at Brno.
Pitlane safety was one of the main topics of discussion during Friday evening’s safety commission meeting, following Andrea Iannone’s crash while avoiding the unsafely-released Aleix Espargaro.
Loris Baz also hit one of his mechanics during his bike change, although luckily without inflicting injury.
In order to prevent a repeat of such incidents, MotoGP organisers are looking into ways to change the rules when it comes to changing bikes in ‘flag-to-flag’ races.
The first of these, which will be implemented on Sunday, will be to lower the pitlane speed limit from 60km/h (37mph) to 40km/h (25mph).
This change will not apply to practice and qualifying on Fridays and Saturdays.
Also brought up in the safety commission meeting was the prospect of racing in the rain at the Red Bull Ring, with grip at Turn 1 thought to be especially poor in the wet.
This has led to several riders making it clear that they would not take part should Sunday’s race be held in wet conditions, although current forecasts show this is unlikely.