UPDATED: Franco Uncini crashes BMW Safety car at Jerez

Former World Champion loses control in warm-up.

You know how it is. Someone asks you if you’d like to take control of a safety car during the MotoGP so of course you say ‘yes’.

You know that you’re a good racer – you once won the world championship with Suzuki in 1982 – so why wouldn’t you take up the opportunity to take out BMW’s specially prepared M5 safety car in front of over 100,000 expectant fans at the Circuito de Jerez?

The answer to that questions is ‘turn 5 at Jerez’…


This is why you always take a deep breath before taking up an offer like that.

Luckily, 62 year-old Uncini is said to be unhurt and suffered just a few bruises and a little bit of dented pride.


The reports from the BMW garage with regards to the car aren’t quite as hopeful.


As mentioned within the comments section below from his daughter Ludovica, it appears that Franco Uncini – despite earlier reports – was taken to hospital and has suffered ‘broken bones’.
We would like to extend our best wishes to Franco and his family, and wish him a speedy recovery.




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    Sean Haßan

    May 7, 2017 at 11:11

    @shanehassan1 @Boon2589 acting the hure a bit too much there

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    May 7, 2017 at 11:22

    Since when do they make a 4 door M4? Great reporting!

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    Mark Bryant

    May 7, 2017 at 11:46

    @btsportmotogp bit of accident this morning for Mr Uncini hey @MotoGPJules @KeithHuewen

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    Ross Thomson

    May 7, 2017 at 11:54

    Wow he’s really binned that one #fireitup

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    Ross Thomson

    May 7, 2017 at 11:58

    Too late to read the book I guess

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    Dan Dick

    May 7, 2017 at 13:15

    Callum Beveridge

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    May 7, 2017 at 13:39

    So it’s an M3?

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    May 7, 2017 at 13:45

    What is unspoken is that him and his family had terrible moments living a nightmare so I would call it FUN, thank you.

    Everything seems to be ok but people involved are being under scan and have some broken bones. Spending the night in the hospital has nothing to deal with having A BIT TOO MUCH FUN.

    My dad Franco is undebiable the most valuable worker ever known in my life, taking flights day after day, taking care of everyone else more than himself.

    Please, make sure about people’s health before posting the news.

    Her daughter

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    May 7, 2017 at 13:56

    Hi Ludovica, thanks for your message.

    First off – and before anything else – please accept our biggest apologies. The reports that we had heard were that everybody was fine and that there were only some minor bruises. We were absolutely not aware of any hospitalisation (let alone broken bones) and we will – of course – update the article to reflect this. We are extremely sorry for any additional distress that our article may have caused.

    Please accept our apologies and our sincerest ‘get well soon’ to your father. He is a man for whom we have the upmost respect and would never wish him anything but well.

    Everyone at Motofire HQ

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    May 7, 2017 at 15:27

    We accept your apologies

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    Thunder 9501

    May 7, 2017 at 23:01

    Safety Car needs Safety Car!

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    Michael Motorcycle

    May 8, 2017 at 02:45

    Any video?

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    Jason Channell

    May 8, 2017 at 02:57

    Who crashes the safety car?

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    Steve Brockbank

    May 8, 2017 at 07:16

    @SirGuyGuisborne W⚓️

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    May 8, 2017 at 08:08

    @SirGuyGuisborne I do not think he wanted to do that….!

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    May 8, 2017 at 11:21

    This guy

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    Matt Arthur

    May 8, 2017 at 13:34

    Jayson Dyer

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    Glynn Kemp

    May 10, 2017 at 13:11

    Did they have a safety car for the safety car

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