October 7, 2022

New footage has proven simply how shut MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami got here to a doubtlessly deadly harm when his helmet visor was ripped off by an opponent’s tyre.

The Catalunya Grand Prix will go down in historical past for probably the most weird of finishes when Aleix Espargaro started celebrating his second-place a lap early, solely to be handed by fiver riders earlier than realising his mistake.


Method earlier than Espargaro’s gaffe a horrendous crash occurred

Seeing Nakagami’s head hit Bagnaia’s back wheel


Seeing Nakagami’s head hit Bagnaia’s again wheel

The race was bookended by a equally unusual occasion because the lights went out at the beginning, with a three-rider pile up at flip one.

LCR Honda’s Nakagami dropped the entrance finish of his bike heading into the nook, wiping out Alex Rins, and final season’s championship runner-up, Francesco Bagnaia.

Suzuki’s Rins broke his wrist after being catapulted into the air, whereas Nakagami spent the evening in hospital, however issues may have been far worse.

New footage launched by MotoGP exhibits Nakagami going head first into the rear wheel of Bagnaia’s Ducati, with the pace of rotation firing his head into the bike seat.

The Japanese rider had his visor ripped off by the impression as his head flew again, and by chance bounced away from hazard.

Nakagami has since apologised to each of his opponents in a social media submit from his hospital mattress, with a brace round his neck.

Zoomed in footage shows Nakagami’s head hit the wheel

Zoomed in footage exhibits Nakagami’s head hit the wheel

Before his neck is instantly snapped back, removing his visor and almost his helmet

Earlier than his neck is immediately snapped again, eradicating his visor and nearly his helmet

However Nakagami was fortunate to keep away from harm to his eyes, and even breaking his neck, as race winner and reigning champion Fabio Quatararo stated the worst may have occurred.

“It was not a racing incident, since you don’t assault that a lot,” the Frenchman stated.

“I don’t know the way it’s doable that Pecco [Bagnaia] was second and Nakagami was distant, how he can arrive to the touch his head on the wheel of Pecco.

“It’s not a racing incident. I believe within the first laps all of us should be acutely aware that we’re racing huge bikes, that the load is a minimal of 160 kilos and in the event you get hit by a motorbike like this you’ll be able to cross away.”

Second-placed man Jorge Martin was in settlement, saying: “For me, it’s not a racing incident. I believe they need to have penalised Nakagami already in Mugello, as a result of he wasn’t penalised and now he thinks he can do something.

The incident could have been disastrous

The incident may have been disastrous

But thankfully the Japanese driver’s head bounced away

However fortunately the Japanese driver’s head bounced away

“So, now he does it once more and in the event that they don’t penalise him, he’ll do the identical within the subsequent race.

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“So, it’s harmful for the remainder. He broke Alex Rins’ wrist, he risked additionally one thing essential for himself, which was his head.”

Rins is now more likely to miss monitor time after fracturing his wrist, and had a stern warning for his competitor.

The Spaniard stated: “Effectively, sincerely, initially, I hope that Taka is OK, as a result of I noticed him with the face [in pain] very dangerous. However he can not go on like this. He can not experience like this.

Nakagami had to be stretchered off and Rins has seen enough


Nakagami needed to be stretchered off and Rins has seen sufficient

“You by no means need {that a} rider, {that a} rival will get injured, OK… however he was over the restrict in that motion. That is the very first thing I wish to say.

“However the second factor is, it’s unacceptable. We can not go on like this. The race route, the stewards, make zero sense what they are saying.

“It’s loopy. For positive, and at this time they demonstrated it on TV, that the stewards should not on the extent of MotoGP.”

It was confirmed by the native hospital that Nakagami solely suffered ache in his proper shoulder because of the incident, however narrowly averted ‘severe head accidents’.