So as a safety car driver, your job is to intervene if something goes wrong. But what is the procedure and is it different from any other sport?
Many things are similar. We start with one safety car up front which does a final sighting lap. Then when the warmup lap starts, we take the bikes out on track and after the real race starts, the medical car follows. That’s where the biggest difference lies. The role of the medical car is unfortunately more important in Moto GP because we have a few more physical injuries, especially during the first lap.
How do you prepare for this extra risk?
At every Moto GP event we have our own doctor on site, along with two local doctors. After the opening lap, the first medical car waits at the end of the pit lane and another one somewhere in the middle of the track.