My widget title

Racing is Dangerous

Yesterday, more than one friend contacted me extremely upset about the death of Luis Salom. One actually felt guilty he’s been supporting a sport that kills young men.

I had the pleasure of a few good conversations with Luis at Cartagena Circuit on my many visits there. He was great to talk with and seemed older than his 24 years which lead me to think he’d done many years of racing, traveling and seen a lot.

It’s super sad what happened. His bike went into the air fence ahead of him, bounced out and stopped. It looked to me like he then went in just as fast but had the horrible luck of hitting the bike.

I raced national championships, World Superbikes and GP’s.  GP’s are as safe as our sport gets. After I’d retired from racing which spanned 20 years if I include Motocross, I sustained my worst injury ever riding head-on into a car that appeared on my side of the road.

As I told my very upset friends yesterday, young guys search out risky things to do and sometimes get killed, but racing saved me. It got me away from fellow naughty boys breaking the law for kicks, doing nothing to be proud of and putting ourselves and other public road users in real danger. Racing got me focused, fit, healthy and traveling the world. I won recognition, respect, self respect and money, plus it taught me the hard facts about life. Apart from my wife Kirsten, racing is the best thing that ever happened to me.

Goodbye Luis. I will miss our chats at Cartagena and I’m sure the GP paddock will miss you dearly.

7 comments

Very wise words indeed simon. I said something similar to the wife yesterday when she had her little moment about our son racing.

First death in moto gp for 5 years, and sat by the track, this could of been avoided, but the F1 boys like Tarmac run-off……as for the IOM, ultimate respect for the boys…but surely 133 mph laps on public roads are just getting silly and carnage is on our hands….?

totally agree, my son had a terrible road accident, he was getting quicker and quicker on the road till he came off at high speed and hit a barrier, braking his back and both legs very badly. he nearly died in hospital due to blood loss and spent 6.5 months in there and another year before he could walk again, he now races (nick name bionic due to the metal inside him
) and I believe this is much safer than the road. he has had a few offs but it is pretty rare to see a serious injury at the races. RIP luis, we enjoyed watching you in Cartagena and we always watched out for you in moto 2.

Agree with you Simon Crafar. RIP Luis Salom. 🙁

It is just so so sad when this things happen. I have felt it myself when my husband had a terrible crash 11 years ago. Every time i hear of a new fatal crash, i really feel it, i know how hard it is for the ones close….. But one thing is sure, we race because we just love it. Nothing compares with the thrill and joy racing give us.
It’s so true what Marco Simoncelli said
“You live more going fast on a bike than other people do all their life”
Still when that’s said, the safety on every track must not be forgotten. Things can happen, and it’s on the track we should feel as safe as possible.
Take care everyone ????

There is risk doing anything. 15 or so people are killed just crossing the street every year in the city I work in. You can fall of a skateboard, hit your head the wrong way and die. Sport players sometimes die from over exertion. You can literally die from walking – or NOT walking. At the end of the day you have to do what you love and try to make it as safe as you can 🙂

Every biker I’ve ever met knows another biker who has lost their life to their passion. Every biker I’ve ever met knows all too well the dangers of the sport we know and love, but with care for your machine and respect for the dangers we can minimise the risks as best we can while still enjoying what we love the most.

Leave a reply