MotoGP Catalunya: Rossi: We spoke about Turn 12 for six years…

Valentino Rossi has stated that the Grand Prix Safety Commission has discussed the possible dangers of Turn 12 at the Circuit of Barcelona “for six years”. The paddock was still reeling after Luis Salom's tragic death, caused by an accident at that very corner on Friday afternoon, an incident that Rossi felt “was not normal” and stated that he felt a mechanical fault was to blame. Rossi's comment also comes after Franco Uncini, the FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer, said that “we never had such a request from the rider” about the potential dangers at this corner

But Rossi, who qualified in fifth for Sunday's race, said the issue was raised in the Safety Commission after Niccolo Antonelli suffered a frightening fall there in 2014. 

“We spoke about Turn 12 in the Safety Commission for six years. We say that we need more run off area. 

“Unfortunately there is some work that you can do and some that you can't. Because of the grandstand… It's very expensive to modify this area. We already know it was dangerous there. But if you look at the crash unfortunately something happened on the bike. 

“The turn 12 is a dangerous point. We already know because two years ago [Niccolo] Antonelli crash. He arrived to protection. Fortunately he didn't have any physical problem but he arrived in the protection so we put in more air fence. 

“I remember very well we spoke about Turn 12 after the crash of Antonelli. Like in a lot of other races, we say that we need more running area. But sometimes this is impossible. In other places it's not possible. They put extra air fence but they say to us that it's not possible to have more run-off area. 

“But this is not just in Barcelona. This is also in Jerez, on the exit from the last corner. If I think for a little bit there are minumum ten corners. In Motegi, turn four, we say every year we need more run off there. You check all the situation and in the end you can't set that on fire. 

“This is the reality. Unfortunately something very bad happened that reminds us of the risk of our sport. It was another crash and another problem. During the season you have occasions that if something happens on the bike there is not enough space.” 

Rossi then explained how he felt Salom's fall was not normal, and arose because of a mechanical issue. 

“The crash of Salom was not normal and you have many points during the year when if something go wrong with the bike you don't have the room. Anyway, Turn 12 is a dangerous point. We already know. 

“I don't know. Something in the steering, something in the throttle, something on the brake. Turn 12 is very demanding on the front and you have a lot of bumps. Every lap is a lot of risk but usually you exit from the previous right. 

“You hit second, third [gear], you enter and usually the normal crash is 35-40 metres later. You go on the right. If you open the angle and go on the right you have a lot more space. But Salom unfortunately go straight. He arrived at one speed that was unnatural. He didn't slow down.” 

Like team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, Rossi also was puzzled as to why the Safety Commission also decided to change Turn 10. 

“I don't understand sincerely why they modify another corner where nothing happen. This is not very clear and I don't know why but on the other hand I wasn't in the Safety Commission. I take that decision so we will race like this. 

“For Turn 10, personally, they don't have to change. It's true the run off area is not a lot. It's like this, minimum, 20 or 30 corners during a season. For me it was better the other one [corner].” 

Source: http://www.crash.net

Qualifying 2:
1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 43.589s [Lap 7/7] 338km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.056s +0.467s [6/7] 339km/h 
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.307s +0.718s [7/7] 342km/h 
4. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 44.322s +0.733s [4/5] 338km/h 
5. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 44.324s +0.735s [7/7] 338km/h 
6. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 44.329s +0.740s [7/7] 336km/h 
7. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 44.366s +0.777s [6/6] 335km/h 
8. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 44.458s +0.869s [6/7] 344km/h 
9. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 44.911s +1.322s [5/6] 338km/h 
10. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.029s +1.440s [6/6] 342km/h 
11. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.030s +1.441s [6/7] 339km/h 
12. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.218s +1.629s [6/7] 336km/h 

Qualifying 1:
13. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 44.914s 333km/h
14. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.197s 336km/h
15. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 45.538s 336km/h
16. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 45.690s 341km/h
17. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 45.885s 337km/h
18. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 45.892s 335km/h
19. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 45.942s 336km/h
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 46.205s 333km/h
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.463s 334km/h 

FP4:

1. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 45.194s [Lap 4/13] 338km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.604s +0.410s [10/12] 336km/h 
3. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.727s +0.533s [4/14] 342km/h 
4. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 45.813s +0.619s [9/14] 338km/h 
5. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.819s +0.625s [4/14] 338km/h 
6. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.901s +0.707s [3/12] 342km/h 
7. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.992s +0.798s [10/14] 335km/h 
8. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 46.249s +1.055s [8/14] 339km/h 
9. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 46.345s +1.151s [4/13] 336km/h 
10. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 46.689s +1.495s [3/9] 338km/h 
11. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.849s +1.655s [5/12] 337km/h 
12. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 47.106s +1.912s [4/15] 334km/h 
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.170s +1.976s [7/12] 334km/h 
14. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 47.253s +2.059s [10/13] 336km/h 
15. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 47.308s +2.114s [4/14] 334km/h 
16. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 47.406s +2.212s [10/11] 332km/h 
17. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 47.436s +2.242s [13/14] 331km/h 
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.479s +2.285s [6/12] 335km/h 
19. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 47.601s +2.407s [6/11] 333km/h 
20. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 48.014s +2.820s [8/10] 336km/h 
21. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 48.198s +3.004s [6/12] 332km/h 

1. Maverick Viñales ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 44.727s [Lap 21/22] 341km/h (Top Speed) 
2. Marc Marquez ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.847s +0.120s [17/21] 341km/h 
3. Dani Pedrosa ESP Repsol Honda Team (RC213V) 1m 44.951s +0.224s [21/21] 346km/h 
4. Valentino Rossi ITA Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.071s +0.344s [23/23] 341km/h 
5. Pol Espargaro ESP Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 45.193s +0.466s [18/21] 339km/h 
6. Jorge Lorenzo ESP Movistar Yamaha MotoGP (YZR-M1) 1m 45.287s +0.560s [20/20] 341km/h 
7. Scott Redding GBR Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.305s +0.578s [19/23] 343km/h 
8. Danilo Petrucci ITA Octo Pramac Yakhnich (Desmosedici GP15) 1m 45.321s +0.594s [22/23] 342km/h 
9. Cal Crutchlow GBR LCR Honda (RC213V) 1m 45.344s +0.617s [22/22] 337km/h 
10. Andrea Iannone ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.517s +0.790s [20/24] 347km/h 

FP3:

11. Yonny Hernandez COL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 45.543s +0.816s [23/24] 343km/h 
12. Andrea Dovizioso ITA Ducati Team (Desmosedici GP) 1m 45.602s +0.875s [19/21] 346km/h 
13. Hector Barbera ESP Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 45.734s +1.007s [18/20] 334km/h 
14. Aleix Espargaro ESP Team Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR) 1m 46.018s +1.291s [21/21] 337km/h 
15. Jack Miller AUS Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V) 1m 46.051s +1.324s [22/22] 339km/h 
16. Alvaro Bautista ESP Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.343s +1.616s [19/23] 338km/h 
17. Michele Pirro ITA Avintia Racing (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.558s +1.831s [18/20] 337km/h 
18. Eugene Laverty IRL Aspar MotoGP Team (Desmosedici GP14.2) 1m 46.613s +1.886s [20/21] 337km/h 
19. Stefan Bradl GER Factory Aprilia Gresini (RS-GP) 1m 46.826s +2.099s [22/22] 338km/h 
20. Tito Rabat ESP Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (RC213V)* 1m 46.993s +2.266s [22/22] 335km/h 
21. Bradley Smith GBR Monster Yamaha Tech 3 (YZR-M1) 1m 47.513s +2.786s [5/19] 337km/h 

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