The Stop and Go Moto2 team of Luis Salom have released a statement this morning clarifying the cause of the tragic crash that resulted in the Spaniard’s death during free practice two at this weekend’s Catalan Moto2 race.
“After receiving the telemetry data yesterday Sunday June 5th by the organisation, the technical staff of the SAG Team held immediately a meeting to personally determinate the facts of the accident and to communicate afterwards with exactitude what happened in technical terms at the fatal turn 12 of the Circuit of Catalunya.”
Having completed his fastest lap of the weekend, Salom pitted for a new tyre, and according to his bike’s telemetry, arrived at turn 12 on his out lap 6kph slower than on his fastest lap.
As a result, he braked nine metres later than he had on that fast lap. This caused him to apply brakes as he hit a bump on the entry of the corner. This bump caused a loss of grip from his front tyre that resulted in him crashing, according to the team’s statement.
“All of that added to an even greater speed than his best lap of the FP2 produced a stress on the front tire and a grip lost on the irregularity of the asphalt. That grip lost produced the crash with the tragic outcome that we all know.”