Luis Salom's team explains his fatal crash at Barcelona

Luis Salom's team believes the Moto2 rider lost control of the front end of his bike braking over a bump at Turn 12, leading to his fatal accident last Friday

The 24-year-old crashed during the second practice session for the Catalunya Grand Prix, and lost his life at a Barcelona hospital later that afternoon.

The location of the accident was viewed as strange, while there were suggestions during the weekend that there could have been a mechanical issue.

SAG Team released a statement on Monday after reviewing the telemetry from the incident, outlining that a slower exit from Turn 11 led to Salom braking later into Turn 12.

As a result, data indicates Salom was still on the brakes over a bump on the entry to Turn 12, a bump riders are usually off the brakes when they reach.

Team owner and team manager Edu Perales and Jordi Rubio, Salom's chief mechanic Bernat Bassa, his manager Marco Rodrigo, Moto2 rider Jesko Raffin and Raffin's chief mechanic Michael Ferger were involved in the analysis.

Salom was on an outlap when he crashed, having changed his rear tyre after setting his best lap of the session.

"In that lap, Luis arrived to the Turn 12 braking reference point 6km/h slower than his fastest lap, according to the telemetry that was because [of] a lower acceleration at the exit of Turn 11," the statement read in part.

"Due to that reduced speed, Luis operated the brakes nine metres later to maintain a proper corner speed at Turn 12.

"At the entry of the corner there is an irregularity on the asphalt [bump] known by all the riders.

"The delay of the braking made Luis maintain the brakes running over that asphalt irregularity, as opposed the previous laps where he already had released the brakes on that spot.

"All of that, added to an even speed [compared to] his best lap of FP2, produced a stress on the front tyre and grip lost on the irregularity of the asphalt.

"That grip lost produced the crash with the tragic outcome that we all know."

The Barcelona-based team said the telemetry is "available to any qualified technician with desires to analyse it".


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