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Simoncelli attacks Race Direction: “It’s a difficult role where you need balls and if you don’t have them you should change jobs”

Jun 9, 21 | 01:45 PM
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Raquel Jiménez Rodríguez

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Paolo Simoncelli has raised his voice after the controversy with the sanction of Fabio Quartararo, the Italian criticizing the late performance of Race Direction.

The Catalan Grand Prix reopened a controversy that has already been discussed above, the performance of the Race Direction in the face of certain types of actions. And it is that, after the incident of Fabio Quartararo with his jumpsuit where according to the regulations he should have been removed a black flag for his own safety, finally the Race Direction decided to apply three seconds after the race when the pilot no longer benefited from his integrity.

Race Direction in the spotlight

Safety remains the top priority, especially after the death of Jason Dupasquier. At the end of the race, former champion Casey Stoner was the first on social media to invoke the penalty for the Yamaha rider, when many were still wondering about the regulations. The intervention of the two-time world champion did not go unnoticed by the leader of the premier category. In this way, Race Direction was once again in the spotlight due to his slow performance.

One of the most critical of this issue has been the CEO of the SIC58 Squadra Corse, Paolo Simoncelli, who acknowledges that from Race Direction things are not being done well and invites the members of the same to start doing their job well, to weather. “We need people to make decisions. As the rider who has to choose in a microsecond, then the Race Direction must do the same. And since it never happens, it means they don’t know how to do their job. It seems strange to me that Spencer, who was a rider, cannot”.

Riders, like children, need rules, which must be respected. Certainty of the sanction and strict enforcement are needed. But also that it is immediate, not an hour later or the next race. If Rossi had been immediately sanctioned in Malaysia after the incident with Marquez, he would have ended up there and in Valencia he could have fought for the tenth title. This is a difficult role where balls are needed and if they don’t have them they should change jobs“, the Italian told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

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