Gino Rea in critical condition after crash at Suzuka 8 Hours

Photo: Gino Rea’s social networks

After a two-year hiatus, the Suzuka 8 Hours are back on track. However, the event was overshadowed by the accident of Gino Rea, who is currently struggling between life and death in a nearby hospital.

One of the most famous and demanding endurance races in the motorcycling world, the Suzuka 8 Hours, is back on the World Endurance Championship calendar. However, and as they retrieve it from, in the free practice session Gino Rea suffered a serious accident And right now, he’s in critical condition.

Everything was going normally on the Japanese track, which is the 43rd edition of this endurance event, until the alarms suddenly went off. British driver Gino Rea suffered a Very violent accident at the Casio Triangle chicane, at the end of the circuit. As reported by people who were at the scene of the accident, the blow was very strong. So much so that the pilot’s helmet, as shown, was badly damaged.

The assists made an appearance at the scene of the fall, due to its seriousness. After tighten and stabilize the pilot lying unconscious on the floor of the emergency hatch, the decision was made to airlift him to the hospital, given the severity of his injuries. As reported by the championship organization, who claimed to update the driver’s status when more information becomes available. Pilot He underwent emergency surgery and is currently in critical condition..

Suzuka, a circuit that has been decided to be eliminated from the MotoGP World Championship

He it’s been 19 yearsBut the memory is still alive. On April 6, 2003, during the Japanese Grand Prix, the Japanese Daijiro Kato had a fatal accident. 14 days after his fall, the 2001 250cc world champion lost his life at following serious injuries suffered.

From that moment, the Suzuka circuit was marked with a cross in the MotoGP World Championship and, in general, almost everywhere in the motorcycle world. With a very fast track and above all a last sector with very high speed corners and insufficient loopholesThe circuit was completely banned for the MotoGP World Championship (among others). Despite the renovations that the organizers realized, improving some areas, the circuit continued to be considered very dangerous for motorcycling.

However, in the World Endurance Championship, it has been an essential and legendary event for many years. Great pilots challenged this test and they won it, like Jonathan Rea, Leon Haslam, Toprak Razgatlioglu, Alex Lowes or Pol Espargaró. Now, years later, he may be back in the news for another serious accident and possibly your security compromised again. (Source: Helmut Ohner, Speedweek.como, 06/08/2022)

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