Morbidelli: ‘Capitalism’ drives MotoGP’s crash management

MotoGP resident philosopher Franco Morbidelli has offered a damning theory about the championship’s managerial status, noting that the series’ benefits far outweigh the profile, wanting to crack down on its crash incidents.

At the start of yesterday’s Catalan Grand Prix, Taka Nakagami eliminated Peko Bagania and Alex Rins in the first corner event.

It went unpunished by the FIM MotoGP stewards – a decision taken by surprise by riders throughout the paddock.

Video of the dramatic crash has been shared repeatedly by MotoGP.

Works Yamaha rider Morbidelli is no stranger to being at the center of such a phenomenon, following him Own big accident with Johann Zarko At the Red Bull Ring in 2020 – a high-speed fall that was televised repeatedly by MotoGP and its TV broadcast partners. As a punishment for that incident, Zarko was given a pitlane start in the next race.

And, perhaps in keeping with the media attention that 2020 crashed, Morbidelli said his “cynical” side was not at all surprised by the way the crash played out.

Asked if he thought not penalizing Nakagami was the right decision by the stewards panel led by past world champion Freddie Spencer, Morbidelli replied: “For the show, yes. For the riders, no.

“This video is being watched by thousands, millions, this giant bomb is in Turn 1 at 250 km/h. That’s our job. In the end, it’s like this.

“I’m cynical, but life is cynical and MotoGP is cynical at times. The sport is cynical.

“If you’re here taking care of each other, the racing will be great, but there are many things involved.

“I blame capitalism.”


MotoGP organizer Dorna and the FIM stewards panel declined to comment on Morbidelli’s words when contacted by The Race.

The normally calm and quiet Morbidelli had even stern words for Nakagami, suggesting LCR Honda riders – and others – should be more aware of those around them when the lights go out.

“I think some people should be using their head more when running,” he said.

“We are running, the price is high, and we all want to have great results, all want a lot, and we are willing to take a lot of risks to get it – but we have to know a little about our health and our And care should be taken about the health of colleagues.

“That’s a big mistake, a big mistake. I don’t know where he was starting? Twelfth? And he was fourth, more or less. It’s crazy, crazy.

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“The The Move That He Did on Alex in Mugello Was tough, aggressive, on the border. But here he took a step forward.

“You should be better than this, you should care more not only about your rivals, but also yourself.

“Sometimes we forget it. For a rider, for a human it is a normal thing, but when these things happen it is frustrating.

“It annoys me. But it’s normal, and it’s like that. It’s running.”

Even as Morbidelli’s comments about Nakagami led to a veiled attack on people at race control who are believed to be monitoring rider behavior, the Yamaha rider insisted that riders be spared. No one is ready to police on track behavior.

“I think there are people who are taking care of us in the sense that we don’t hurt ourselves alone, or when we’re riding and doing normal stuff,” said Morbidelli, by people like Safety. Officers Loris Capirossi and Franco Uncini hinting at the work done.

“But I think when we’re running, when we’re going 360km/h five centimeters from each other, when 25 of us are going 270km/h with cold tires in Turn 1. If we reach at speed, then only those people can take care of themselves, we are running. Rider. No one else can take care.

“They can discourage. Yes they can. They could, but they don’t, for a variety of reasons, and I honestly admit that.”

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