Month: February 2016

MotoGP – Baz crash data reveals 29g impact

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Italian kit manufacturer Alpinestars has released date gathered from its leathers as Loris Baz suffered his 180mph crash during testing at Sepang.

The Avintia Racing rider, crashed at a speed of around 290 km/h during the morning session of the opening session of Tuesday’s test when a technical failure on his Ducati caused him to lose control mid-way down the circuit’s main straight.

According to the data, Baz was launched from the bike after 1.9 seconds, which is when his Alpinestars Tech-Air Race airbag system, housed within his leather suit, deployed. The first impact with the track took place just 60 milliseconds later with the highest energy impact recorded at 29.9g’s on his left shoulder.

From the moment the Frenchman impacted the track, the duration of the slide lasted for 6.6 seconds.

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Despite the speed and level of impact force associated with the crash, Baz walked away unscathed and was able to and resume testing.

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MotoGP – MotoGP – Redding making good progress on Ducati

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Scott Redding is continuing to adjust to life on board the Desmosedici, finishing the second day of testing in Sepang in an impressive seventh place.

The Briton, who is making tangible progress on the bike since leaving the Marc VDS squad, completed 42 laps and finished the session posting a time of 2:01,049 on the soft spec Michelin tyre – the ninth best time of the day and the seventh in the combined standings.

Redding said: “The goal was to improve the feeling with the bike. We haven’t spent any real work yet to find the time but obviously we’re trying. With the hard tyres we worked hard to look for the best position on the bike in order to increase traction. We found more stability but not enough traction. In this moment of the season it’s normal to try different set up and we’ll try again tomorrow. In the afternoon I did not go bad lapping consecutively in 2:01.8 and 2:01.9 but I hope tomorrow we can lower that by half of a second – that would make me competitive also on the race pace.”

MotoGP – Baz suffers catastrophic tyre failure during testing in Sepang

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Loris Baz suffered a huge 290km/h crash at Sepnag during Day 2 of testing at Sepang.

The Frenchman was full stick down the circuit’s main straight when his rear tyre of his Ducati let go, and the session was reflagged for more than an hour while marshals cleared up the debris.

The cause of the crash is still unclear but Michelin has withdrawn its entire soft specification tyre allocation as a precaution.

The accident happened just 40-minutes into the day’s test, with Pramac’s Danilo Petrucci fastest and Casey Stoner in tenth place for Ducati after his first run alongside MotoGP race riders since retiring at the end of 2012. Baz walked away with heavy bruising.