SAG Team – No mechanical failure. Delayed braking. A tragic fate. Luis Salom would die for this reason, during the 2016 Catalunya GP. SAG Team disclosed the reasons of Salom’s accident, studying the telemetry data of the unfortunate Spanish’s motorcycle at turn 12. “Braking 6 km/h slower than his fastest lap, due to a minor acceleration out of the curve 11.”
At the entrance of curve 12 there is an irregularity on the asphalt known by all riders. Delaying stopping, Luis maintained the brakes even as it passed over this irregularity. Unlike what was done in the previous rounds in which he had instead released the brakes. All this, combined with a speed that in his best tour had created a stress to front tire grip and lost to the irregularity of the asphalt caused the accident with the tragic end that we all know. “During the second free Luis Salom made his first lap setting his best time (1 ‘ 48,608), before heading back to the pits to change a rear tire.” said the team in a press release. “Thereupon Salom is back on track and at turn 12 arrived with a braking point of reference, 6 km/h slower than his fastest lap. This caused a minor acceleration out of the curve 11. This slowdown has led him to restrain 9 meters ahead to try to maintain the correct speed for the curve 12.” concluded the Team.
SAG Team: “The Racing World needs more security“
The team owner Edu Panchal, Team Manager Jordi Rubio, Luis Salom Bernat Low crew chief, Chief of Moto2 rider Michael Raffin Jesko Ferger, Jesko Raffin and Luis Salom’s manager Marco Rodrigo attended the comprehensive analysis of telemetry. Human error. Such bad luck. No mechanical failure. Whatever it was, Luis Salom leaves a great void in the racing world. His sacrifice will not be in vain. The racing world needs more security. Luis Salom was a great rider and we’ll never forget him.