A number of MotoGP riders have called for the Class Safety Committee to improve protection from wildlife at the Phillip Island circuit.
The topic was discussed at a safety committee meeting on Friday after several close calls with wildlife in the Australian circuit.
Alex Espargaro She narrowly avoided colliding with the Walleye in Free Practice 1, while Phillip Island’s Cape Barren Oos have caused problems across a number of classes so far this weekend.
In previous years, many riders have also encountered seagulls – the most famous of them being Andrea Ianonwhen he hit a bird fighting for the podium in 2015.
According to the Suzuki rider Alex RainsThe height of the perimeter fence should be evaluated to improve driver protection.
He said after qualifying: “We already talked yesterday on the safety committee about their need to improve the fences, because if we hit a wallaby, it could be very dangerous for the animal and also for us.
“I’m looking at this fence in the rectum and it’s not very high.”
Meanwhile, Espargaro called the walloping’s near-death “unacceptable,” though he admitted that trying to keep flying birds off the ring would never be possible.
“At first [of the meeting] Everyone was laughing. But they understood that this was very important in terms of safety.”
“For me that is unacceptable. It was too dangerous. Let’s see if they can improve. We asked them to close the track a little bit better.
“For birds, you can’t do anything. Birds can happen. But wallabies can’t. If I caught a wallaby yesterday, I would crash at 220 km/h, big, big, big.”
local champion Jack Miller He said he understood the safety concerns of the riders, but argued that the walleye seen in FP1 is unlikely to enter the track since the grand prix kicks off at the weekend.
He said it was likely that he was already living within the confines of the circuit and was afraid of his shelter because of the MotoGP bikes.
“Don’t get me wrong, it’s very dangerous to have a kangaroo and not move around in the middle of a racetrack when you’re at 350 km/h,” he said when questioned by Autosport about the issue.
“But as I said yesterday at the Safety Committee, I understand there is no six-foot fence around this joint, but this kangaroo just didn’t dance.
“I would say it was dug up somewhere, and the noise of these 300 horsepower machines started to spread [woke it up].
“It is not good for you to have [animals] on the racetrack, but at the end of the day, what are you going to do? I’m sure there’s nothing dancing over the fences now, because the fences are six deep with people. I don’t think it’s a big problem.”
Brad Bender, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, skips the Phillip Island Wildlife
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When asked if the safety committee has come up with any potential solutions, Miller reiterated the point that the issue is, by and large, unsolvable.
“At the end of the day when you have a trail in such a popular location, you’re always going to have trouble with wildlife,” he said.
“Whether it’s seagulls or whatever those dodo-like birds are, you’re always going to have a problem.
“What are we going to do? We exterminate the entire island?”
“Everyone knows that when you come to Australia there is wildlife. All you have to do is drive down a highway and look at the killing road. There are a lot of animals in this joint and not a lot of people. It is different than anywhere else in Australia. Global .”