WSBK – Statements and tributes to Antonelli in Moscow –

Statements and tributes to Antonelli in Moscow

WSBK - Statements and tributes to Antonelli in Moscow -

The eighth round of the World SBK 2013 was marked by the tragic Supersport racing accident which claimed the life of young Italian driver Andrea Antonelli. The riders and their teams all hail a great hope for Italian motorcycle speed.

Site readers were able to experience yesterday, almost live, the unfolding of the first World Superbike race on the Moscow circuit, made completely "crazy" by the sporadic arrival of the rain (for latecomers, read then).

Still slightly delayed – just the time to type on the keyboard and upload -, Site followed the first lap of the Supersport race, at the end of which arrived which resulted in the death of Andrea Antonelli.

"During today’s FIM Supersport World Championship race at 13:32", the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) reported last night,"Italian rider Andrea Antonelli (Team Goeleven Kawasaki) was the victim of a terrible accident on the straight line which links turns n ° 14 and n ° 15 and was very seriously injured".

"The race was interrupted by a red flag and the driver was immediately evacuated by ambulance, in which the medical team did everything possible to revive him", reported the FIM."Despite their efforts, Andrea succumbed to his injuries at 2:10 p.m. local time.".

"The FIM, Dorna and YMS Promotion have decided to cancel all activities scheduled for the rest of the day. All the staff involved in the different championships send their most sincere condolences to Andrea’s family, friends and team as well as to the Italian Federation following this tragic disappearance.".

The first driver to react via online social networks, Loris Baz regretted yesterday afternoon the disappearance of an opponent as effective as spectacular. Our "Bazooka" who had fought against Antonelli in Superstock 1000 evoked the style "while sliding" of the Italian n ° 8 in the parabolic of Monza…

Paul Denning, Suzuki Fixi Crescent team manager, testified a few minutes later: "a young man lost his life today in Moscow, nothing matters anymore". An opinion shared by the entire paddock, and which explains the absence of statements and analysis on Monday on the Moto du Net Journal.

Among the many tributes paid to the 25-year-old rider from Castiglione del Lago, MNC would nevertheless like to relay a statement made by the winner of the only 2013 Moscow Superbike race, Marco Melandri..

Indeed, after wishing "have a nice trip"to his compatriot, the n ° 33 deplored the fact that his warnings launched two years ago at the end of a second German round disputed in driving rain were never taken into account (read the).

"I complained a lot after the 2011 Nurburgring but a lot of people said then that it was only to talk about me … I am so disappointed by this day…", the Hedgehog of Ravenna tweeted last night.

The "Twitter Serial" Eugene Laverty, who shared the Yamaha box in 2011 with Marco, was quick to support his former teammate: "I remember it very well. Two years have passed and nothing has changed. We shouldn’t wait for such a tragedy to get our message out".

Asked by Site about race interruptions "in case of force majeure", the FIM has unfortunately not yet had time to clarify this point which requires an explanation … Because the official texts do not treat in the same way the races declared "Wet"(started on wet track or in the rain) of the Supersport and Superstock categories, and the races"Wet"Superbike.

Indeed, according to article, in SSP and STK, "a race declared "wet", usually started in changeable or wet conditions, will not be interrupted for climatic reasons and riders who wish to change tires or make adjustments must enter the pits and do so during the course of the race".

Article 1.21.2 governing SBK races – "Dry" as "Wet" this time – provides that "race will not be interrupted for climatic reasons except for exceptional events". From what level of precipitation and / or lack of visibility must the red flag be waved to ensure the safety of the pilots? This remains to be defined…

The Kawasaki Goeleven team that rode Andrea this year pays tribute to its missing rider. Fourth in Aragon, the n ° 8 was now aiming for the podium and his team was also delighted on Saturday night to have seen his best place on an SSP starting grid (4th)…

" Goodbye Andrea…", can we read on the official website of the team,"you made us dream, we enjoyed ourselves, but you did not achieve the success you deserved. Now, "He" has called you to Him, in the clouds on which you will pilot, and we here below, mere mortals, we will pursue in your memory what your great passion was.".

"We owe it to you Andrea, you were a great pilot and a golden guy, we will meet in heaven where we kiss you again. We will not forget you, we know you can see us from up there … Give us the strength to go further".

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