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Le Mans 125cc race saw record number of crashes

Le Mans 125cc race saw record number of crashes

The 125cc contest at the Grand Prix de France saw an incredible 32 crashes in the difficult wet conditions.

Sunday’s 125cc race at Le Mans was a remarkable spectacle on the wet French track, with 32 crashes for the single cylinder class riders. That figure is a record for the highest amount of crashes in a single race or session, the previous record being 28 crashes in the 2002 125cc race in Portugal.

It is a testament to the current safety standards in the World Championship that only one rider was injured, American youngster Cameron Beaubier unfortunately suffering a left wrist fracture.

Several competitors picked their bikes up to earn World Championship points after their crashes including Swiss rider Dominique Aegerter and Italian Andrea Iannone, who finished sixth and seventh respectively.

Randy Krummenacher, meanwhile, hit the deck on three separate occasions but still earned a single point as the last classified rider in 15th place.

However, the conditions put paid to the endeavours of 18 riders in total, with more than half the field unable to complete the race – including big names such as Simone Corsi, Danny Webb, Scott Redding, Marc Márquez, Joan Olivé and Stefan Bradl.

It is safe to say that the 125cc riders will be hoping for a dry race at Mugello next time out on 31st May.

Tags:
125cc, 2009, GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE

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