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MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey has confirmed the series will implement the necessary changes to its post-crash protocol after criticism from Danilo Petrucci after a bizarre crash at the end of the latest event in Virginia.

The former MotoGP driver – a competitor in the MotoAmerica rookie campaign – grabbed the podium for the fourth time of the season during Round 3 of the 2022 season to take the lead in the general standings.

However, despite taking the flag in third position, he then crashed into his right hand quickly one kink, striking sponsor hoardings and leaving him with nasty abrasions and cuts.

But Petrucci was disappointed, he was not attended to by the marshal or medical staff and even picked himself up before crossing the track and returning to the bike lane, before heading to the medical center.

“I crashed at a speed of 280 km / h at the finish line which was in the corner of sixth gear so as not to touch the other riders. I hit three sponsor signs with my body, multiple burns, multiple hematomas and a deep cut in my ankle with five stitches,” he wrote. wrote in a post on Instagram.

“I rode more than 100 meters, probably one of the worst accidents of my career. And I slept for more than two minutes without help, hearing a bike pass next to me, until I stood up on my own and went to the medical center.

Although the crash was not seen by the direction of the television, Rainey provided more details about Petrucci’s treatment process after the crash. While he said there are no questions and the safety of other riders is most important at MotoAmerica, he accepted the changes that will be made so that there is no recurrence.

“On Sunday evening at VIR, there was an accident at the end of the Medallia Superbike race that Danilo Petrucci crashed into after crossing the finish line in third place.

“Unfortunately, the crash happened from a camera. Race Direction witnessed the end of the crash and immediately took action. If appropriate, a yellow caution flag was hoisted.

“By this time, eighth finisher Ashton Yates had crossed the finish line, 27 seconds behind Petrucci. About 17 seconds later, the direction of the race could see that Petrucci was running and looked uninjured.

“Although the Petrucci crash was in the fast section of the racetrack, it was also the area with the most run-off tracks where MotoAmerica rounds were held. A sliding Petrucci also struck a single lightweight sponsor mark that consequently gave way as it was designed to perform.

“Petrucci got up and continued walking and standing on the side of the track until he thought he could walk across the track. He was then met by MotoAmerica staff and escorted by vehicle to the Medical Center on the side of the track, which is about 200 meters from the scene of the incident.

“By that time, about three minutes had passed, and Petrucci was being treated for his injuries. Attention to the most important details when it comes to the safety and security of riders is the number one priority. That’s where we started, and our process progressed from there. In our eight -year MotoAmerica race, we have never neglected an injured driver.

“I have nothing but respect for Danilo (Petrucci) and the safety and security of all our riders is paramount. We will not minimize any rider injuries or their views on the incident. We need to reach Danilo sooner and we will study the incident and will make changes if necessary.

“The situation became more difficult, even after the crash after the box flag, the track was still hot with riders still fast and thus the mobilization of workers became more difficult.

“In addition, Race Direction puts a lot of emphasis on what is seen from the rider’s actions after the incident. Petrucci stood up and walked in his own strength and quickly reduced the severity of the response.

“Hopefully Danilo’s injury has healed and he feels better. And we hope to see him on Road America.

Despite the incident, Petrucci remained the leader of the MotoAmerica standings with four points from Jake Gagne of Yamaha after three wins in six races.