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MotoGP Motegi: Riders brand fake grass ‘dangerous and useless’

Three of MotoGP’s top riders have said that artificial grass on the entry to corners has to be removed on safety grounds with Valentino Rossi, who fell victim to it at Aragon, saying it is dangerous and usless.

The Doctor, along with reigning champion Marc Marquez and former king Jorge Lorenzo, will bring up the subject at tomorrow’s safety commission meeting and try to get the grass removed on the entry to corners - although they disagreed as to whether it should remain on corner exit.

“Artifical grass is a thing we can remove. We are speaking always to remove on the entry of the corners on the brake points. On the exit it is difficult, on my side, because we need to have extra artificial grass because that means you have some limit on the track. If you have asphalt, then you try to push and push,” said Marquez.


Rossi added: “I think more or less everybody are agree. The problem is in some places the artifical grass is instead of grass but the result is the same, if you go on normal grass with the bike it is like artificial grass. For sure in the last year, we try to take out some but maybe in some places we have to keep but in some places it is dangerous and useless because you don’t need.”

“On the entry of the corner, you don’t need it but on the exit it would be better without, for safety reasons. It is complicated because you try and use more space but there will be a solution like putting more height on the kerbs,” concluded Lorenzo.

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