Sunday’s Moto3 Grand Prix of the Americas was red-flagged after eight laps after Filip Salac wanted help being taken off observe following a nasty highside.
The choice by organisers was taken to restart the grand prix with a five-lap sprint, however the race solely made it to lap three when a second pink flag was flown for a horror crash on the Circuit of the Americas again straight.
Tech3 rider Oncu chopped throughout Gresini rider Jeremy Alcoba’s entrance wheel, inflicting him to go down on the straight in entrance of championship chief Pedro Acosta and Rossi protege Andrea Migno – each riders launched into the air in sickening incidents.
All riders walked away from the crash unscathed, whereas Oncu was hit was a two-race ban for his half and the race consequence was declared based mostly on the top of the unique begin – gifting rookie Izan Guevara his first win.
Security within the junior lessons has been a sizzling subject following the demise of 15-year-old Supersport 300 racer Dean Berta Vinales at Jerez per week prior.
Rossi mentioned the security state of affairs in Moto3 is “uncontrolled” owing to driving requirements and feels race stewards had no alternative however to provide Oncu a harsh penalty – however was additionally crucial of the choice to restart the race within the first place.
“So, I don’t wish to say about Oncu or one other rider, however for me the penalty is true,” Rossi mentioned. “They needed to do one thing. It’s a minimal that he has to spend two races at dwelling, as a result of they must do one thing critical as a result of the state of affairs is totally uncontrolled for me.
“For me in the present day they made a mistake as a result of they make Moto3 restart for 5 laps, and it’s too harmful for 5 laps. It’s like Russian Roulette.
“However other than that, Oncu moved within the straight when he is aware of he has one other rider alongside and cuts throughout. That probably was a mortal crash. I used to be very scared for everyone.
“Acosta made a terrifying crash and they’re very fortunate nothing occurred. However they must do one thing critical with these younger guys from the start. The state of affairs has to vary earlier than one thing occurs. Motorbike racing is simply too harmful to have this behaviour on observe.
“You need to respect your security and the security of your rival, and that is a very powerful factor than gaining one place as a result of right here you play with the lives of younger guys and it’s probably a catastrophe.”
Deniz Oncu, Crimson Bull KTM Tech three
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Ducati’s Jack Miller echoed Rossi’s feedback, whereas noting the accident would have been a lot worse had it occurred at a smaller observe.
“That wasn’t unlucky. That was blatant shifting on the straight,” Miller fumed. “Shit like that’s been occurring all yr. Trying again at Barcelona this yr for instance, that was one race the place I had my coronary heart in my mouth due to these form of strikes on the straight, and in the present day actually that was actually, actually dangerous.
“And I’m actually joyful all the fellows had been in a position to get out, particularly Acosta and Migno who had been harmless bystanders in the entire thing. They had been simply attempting to make use of the slipstream like regular human beings after which idiots in entrance must go and hit one another and put a motorcycle in the course of the straight.
“I believe the most important factor is we’re fortunate it occurred right here in Texas, the place on the straight you possibly can land a Boeing 747 on the straight, it’s that huge. So, there was loads of room for different guys to go, but when it occurred at Jerez I don’t suppose the outcomes would have been [good].
“For certain I believe that and the very fact they had been fascinated with beginning the race once more was stupidity.”
Following antics on show through the Barcelona race Miller mentions, group bosses had been hauled in entrance of Race Route and warned about their riders’ behaviour.