This is not just a rumor. The Assen Circuit is one of the infamous places for Moto GP riders. Some even said, if they could choose, this circuit won’t be their best place to race. It is at this circuit, many have fallen. This 2016 season only, many have fallen. Who knows what would happen next?
Ex-Moto GP rider during 1980-1990 era, Randy Ramola, tried to explain this situation. Currently working as a Moto GP observer, he tried to bring his analysis regarding this rare tragedy.
From his point of view, riding is not so much different from gambling. No matter where you gamble whether on SBObet, M88, or perhaps somewhere else, you’ll always face the risk. That’s how riding is. “Falling from the bike during a race is, in fact, part of a rider’s life. They must know how to deal with it or solve it in the best manner. What’s more important is how to reduce the impact of the crash against the rider’s mental,” said Mamola to Motorsport.
He later continued that Assen is ‘famous’ to all Moto GP riders. At this circuit, almost all riders have ever fallen from their bike, at least once during the free course. Many even fall for multiple times. “Here we see something that had never happened before,” said Mamola.
When a rider fells from his bike, it can be caused by anything from the smallest part to quite a large part, like the tire. In fact, many believe that the rider’s tire holds the secret to revealing this mystery. But, how important a tire actually is? How can it be presumed to be the ‘mastermind’ behind this rare tragedy?
Lack of Adaptation
“With Michelin, we have been proposed a new scenario. This scenario forces the rider to adapt with the new tire. Perhaps, it won’t be a problem for a rider like Marc Marquez. However, for the other riders, like Valentino Rossi or even Jorge Lorenzo, this is not such an easy task,” said Mamola.
He later added that, especially for the case in Netherland, most of the problems were caused by grip difference between the front and rear tires. The explanation for this was later issued by the research team. The over maximum traction from the rear tire against the front one, in many cases, may cause the rider to fall from his bike. “We all curious, even a rider like Rossi whose experiences we never doubt, failed,” said Mamola. Of course, with all his skills and experiences, no one should fever doubt Rossi. But, when even a legendary winner can fall, is it safe to assume that no one else would be safe?
Furthermore, there is another problem that occurred during the pre-season test. Many riders refused to test their bike on the wet track. There was no one to blame here because they were simply afraid to gamble against the risk.
Regarding this, Manola continued his analysis. “This failure to test Michelin’s wet tire before the season, have negative impact on this year’s race. Of course, because of this, the research team won’t be able to continue their job due to the lack of data,” said Mamola.