Uncini makes FIM debut for Safety Inspection at COTA

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Franco Uncini made his FIM introduction on Tuesday as the 1982 500 World Champion attended a Safety Inspection at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas (COTA).

Last month, Italian Uncini was elected as Grand Prix Safety Officer for the FIM, governing body of MotoGP™. On Tuesday he visited the venue on the outskirts of Austin to carry out the examination ahead of next week’s private test which is to be attended by Repsol Honda Team, Yamaha Factory Racing and LCR Honda MotoGP. It will then host Round 2 of 2013 on 21 April.

As this was Uncini’s first appearance in the role, he was accompanied by Javier Alonso, Managing Director of the Events Area at Dorna Sports, as the pair met with Chuck Aksland (Vice President of Motorsports Operations at COTA) and Bill Campbell (AMA). Following their visit, the FIM has requested the following: more openings between guardrails, the addition of new air fences and the removal of several kerbs that are used for car races.

“It was nice to begin in my new position as FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer at a track as spectacular as this,” Uncini commented. “I like Circuit of the Americas and the facilities are really impressive: it’s picturesque, modern, technical, difficult, challenging and interesting. We should be seeing some good races in April because the corners allow for no respite for the riders and should deliver plenty of overtaking.

“The people here are working very hard and putting all of their energy into ensuring that the event will be a success. The tour we’ve done this week was to polish over some safety details, as the homologation of the circuit had already been completed. We are confident the event will run smoothly because we are working with highly professional people who enjoyed a great debut last season with Formula One.”

As a rider, Uncini rode to five Grand Prix victories and a further six podium finishes as well as his world crown with Suzuki. He was severely injured in a collision with future title winner Wayne Gardner at the 1983 Dutch event at Assen, before retiring from racing two years later.

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