• May 6, 2010
Moto2 crash at Jerez – Click above to watch the video after the break

The very same properties that make oil perfect for lubricating the high-speed engine internals inside racing vehicles makes it extremely dangerous on the actual racing surface. No shock there... we all know oil is slippery. When racing goes from four wheels to two, though, that slippery surface can have especially disastrous results.

Such was the case last weekend during the Moto2 race at Jerez. A crash that sent Shoya Tomizawa and Simone Corsi to the ground spilled a fair bit of crankcase oil onto the track, which in turn caused a domino-like array of low-slides directly behind. In total nine riders went down in the wake of the spill.

Fortunately, the race was red-flagged and nobody was seriously injured. Dorna safety delegate Franco Uncini reportedly said after the race that the management group would likely make carbon fiber crankcase covers mandatory moving forward to prevent such issues in the future. Check out the video after the break.

[Source: Dailymotion]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Bike racing is probably the most exciting motorsport you can watch these days.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love to watch bike racing however I'm not an avid follower for one reason... There are just too many dang leagues out there... It's so hard to follow rankings, points, etc. with so many leagues. Furthermore, I'm not the most knowledgeable when it comes to bike racing as I catch it when I'm flipping through the channels and thats it so I don't really know the differences in the differences in the leagues.
      GerardNYC
      • 4 Years Ago
      very interesting commentary.. I suppose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just a reminder to everyone. Oil is slick, but antifreeze aint no picnic either. An instructor riding shotgun in a Porsche at CMP died recently when a car blew a hose and wet down the track.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Us Drag Racers have a item called a Engine Diaper, works very well when a engine comes apart and is manditory on alot of the faster classes. A couple straps and off it comes for maintenance. Carbon Fiber?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The wreck was crazy but is nothing compared to the awesome race that followed. I've been a true fan of sportbike racing for a while now and that race is up at the top of the list of most entertaining. Although the fight between rossi and stoner at laguna seca was epic.

      this year moto gp and moto 2 look to be the leagues to watch. It may just be me, but i really enjoyed wsbk last year with Ben Spies, but this year it just isn't the same.



      oh btw... go SPIES he is kicking ass in moto gp, give him a few years at the most and he will be getting podiums for sure on a regular basis.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I do not see why having a carbon fiber crankcase cover would help in this situation. In my opinion from what I have experienced, most crankcase covers are made from casted materials which are prone to cracking on impact. Carbon fiber will follow the same principals in an impact will it not?
      • 4 Years Ago
      You should also include that the race, once restarted, was fantastic. Shoya Tomizawa used up all his post-race press conference time apologizing to the other riders and the teams for his oil getting onto the track.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ooh! A doctor. Rrrrrowr!
      • 4 Years Ago
      divers and debris?? don't you mean dRivers and debris?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Its not so much that the cases are thin per say, but when they hit the ground during a crash, they crack spilling oil everywhere. The other thing that happens if they don't crack from the impact itself is that they get ground away.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Caption this!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats what happens when you use only two and not five wheels.
        • 4 Years Ago
        five wheels? what are you driving?
        • 4 Years Ago
        A 2007 Toyota Corolla, and the fifth one is in front of the driver.
        • 4 Years Ago
        True, but when you use "five" wheels, two of them are going to fall off anyway... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5qt9H8vFThY
        • 4 Years Ago
        All wrong, it should be 6 wheels including the spare.
        • 4 Years Ago
        four wheels move the body...two move the soul...
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MarkV GLI

        If "four wheels move the body...two move the soul..." imagine what one wheel would do!

        Do they race unicycles?

        :)
      libby
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHOA...I bet that Tori is so relieved that Dean wasn't in that race...!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Those crankcases must be ultrathin. I thought all the 600cc engines were Hondas based on a production design and would have fairly thick cases. I did hear they were producing about 150HP...not too bad for a 600cc production based engine. I need to catch one of these on TV and hopefully in person in Indy.
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