MotoGP medical team issues statement on Salom accident

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MotoGP medical director Dr. Angel Charte has issued a statement regarding the fatal accident involving Luis Salom during Moto2 practice on Friday in Barcelona.

Salom crashed at Turn 12 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, sustaining injuries that required immediate medical attention before he was transported to a local hospital.

The Spaniard died at 16:55 CET on Friday.

Following Salom’s death, Dr. Charte issued a statement explaining the steps taken by his medical team and the efforts made to save the Moto2 rider.

“The medical team of the FIM MotoGP World Championship and the Medical Team of the Circuit Barcelona-Catalunya arrived at the scene of an incident involving Luis Salom at turn 12 of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on Friday 3rd of June 2016 during Moto2 Free Practice 2 to find Luis Salom in cardiac arrest,” the statement reads.

“While at the scene, given the severity of his conditions, they decided to secure his airwaves via orotracheal intubation and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) at trackside. They then secured him with a neck brace, introduced two intravenous lines’s and began chest compressions.

“Upon arrival at the scene it was quickly established that Salom was asystolic (in cardiac arrest) and he was immediately administered with medications to cardiopulmonary and hemodynamically stabilise him. They continued CPR at trackside for 18 minutes after which, due to Salom’s life threatening condition, it was decided to transport him to hospital by road in an ambulance.

“During the ambulance transfer treatment continued for another 40 minutes, but his oxygen saturation levels had deteriorated.

“The medical staff then proceeded with a bilateral needle thoracostomy with air and blood aspiration. During the transfer the Hospital General de Catalunya ICU Team was kept constantly updated on the evolution of Salom’s condition.

“Salom arrived at the Hospital General de Catalunya at 16:10pm and he was immediately taken to the emergency ward where the staff on site continued CPR as he was transferred to theatre for the surgical team to perform an explorative laparotomy.

“The patient was declared dead at 16:55pm. The treatment at the track, ground evacuation procedure, transport to the Hospital General de Catalunya and the treatment at the hospital was of the highest standard.”

Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.