New Zealand road-race legend Simon Crafar has a stern message for the World Superbike Championship organisers.
The former MotoGP and WSBK race winner from Taihape has slammed WSBK organisers for allowing the second Nurburgring race to continue on Sunday in ‘horrible conditions’.
Crafar is not the only rider who was amazed race direction let the second outing go on until it reached the two-thirds. Eugene Laverty led the post-race backlash and was joined by Marco Melandri, Carls Checa, Leon Haslam and Leon Camier, to name but a few who had to participate.
“It was a horrible feeling watching and waiting for the riders to start falling. When the water depth is rising like that, the tyres stop working and start to aquaplane, and the faster the speed the more likely it is to happen. Unlike other track conditions, it’s much less predictable where exactly this sudden loss of grip will happen,” said Crafar.
“Really, it is unacceptable that the World Superbike Championship organisers let the riders ride in that last and worse downpour when it was so obvious that riders would lose control of their bikes in unpredictable conditions.
“I am all for riding in the rain and a tricky battle where the odds are more even for all riders and machines, just not stupid risky conditions where it’s so likely for riders to sustain injuries.
“What are WSBK going to do about their obvious inability to call the right shots at the right moment? Who is going to make sure that this does not happen again? Believe me, nothing will happen and riders will be risked again if the riders and teams don’t force something to change.
“I noticed the huge difference in rider safety when I went from my 4.5 much enjoyed years and 10 podiums in the so called ‘friendlier’ WSBK paddock, to the GP paddock in 1998.
“Nurburgring WSBK was a horrible reminder that nothing has changed in this time. It’s about time changes are made, before this happens again, but with a worse outcome.”