It happened in EWC 2022… #1: Dramatic start for Bradley Smith at Le Mans

2023-01-06T17:27:24+01:00January 7th, 2023|2023|

With fans back in the grandstands after two years of COVID-19 restrictions, last April’s 24 Heures Motos began in dramatic fashion when Christophe Seigneur was unable to avoid colliding with a slow-moving Bradley Smith.

Seigneur was able to walk back to the pits, but ex-MotoGP rider Smith was taken to hospital for medical checks as a result of the substantial rear impact, having received immediate medical attention at the side of the track when the field circulated under safety car conditions. Smith, making his debut for Team Moto Ain, suffered no serious injuries but remained in hospital for a period of observation.

Racing eventually resumed after 21 minutes with Yoshimura SERT Motul going on to win the 2022 FIM Endurance World Championship opener, while YART – Yamaha Official Team EWC recovered from its slow start (Karel Hanika is pictured in the foreground) to place second.