Moto2 rider Luis Salom was killed in a crash on at turn 12 during Friday practice for last weekend’s Moto2 round in Barcelona.
Talking about MotoGP safety, Valentino Rossi said that although he knew Turn 12 was potentially dangerous, it is not alone on the schedule.
“If I thought a little bit I could give to you a minimum of 10 corners,” said Rossi. “Motegi, Turn 4, for example. It’s something where every year we go and we say ‘we need more run-off.’”
“You check the situation. You cannot extend the run-off area, this is the reality,” he added.
“During the season, you have a lot of points where if something happened with the bike you don’t have enough space.
“I remember in Jerez some years ago, Roberto Locatelli had the accident at the exit of Turn 10. The steering was stuck to the left and he went into the wall on the left in a place that is straight.”
“In a place where it’s straight, it’s impossible to have 100 metres of run-off area,” said the seven-time MotoGP champion.
“We’d have to race in the desert. Maybe Qatar is the only place where that’s OK, [but Marc] Marquez tried a start this year and he locked the front and he went to the left. It’s very difficult to have 100% safety. Unfortunately, it’s something that you cannot fix.”