Local rider S Dinesh Edwin succumbed to injuries that he sustained on Sunday during a 'pay and practice' session at the MMST race track near Sriperumbudur in Chennai.
Dinesh (20) was battling for life after he suffered a head injury on Sunday at the track. The incident has put the 2013 National Bike Racing Championship, scheduled to commence in Coimbatore next month, in trouble. The bike racers are now up in arms against the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC), the oldest member of the Federation of Motor Sport Clubs of India (FMSCI), over the lack of facilities at the track.
Over 50 racers, who threatened to boycott the nationals, met MMSC officials on Tuesday and demanded better facilities at the track. According to Prabha Kran, a national championship racer, the doctors who treated Dinesh said "he would not have been brain dead had he been given first aid at the track."
Lack of facilities
Comments in the social media, mainly by Dinesh's friends, were critical of the MMSC for the absence of a doctor and ambulance at the track during the 'pay and practice' sessions.
Vicky Chandhok, vice-president, MMSC and president, FMSCI, said, "The FMSCI has asked MMSC to conduct an inquiry. We also intend taking possession of his riding gear and send it to Geneva for analysis at the FIM (International Motorcycle Federation) institute.
On the absence of medical assistance, Chandhok said, "There are different categories of hire. The riders on Sunday had opted for a category that did not provide for medical support at the track, but nobody was allowed on track without approved racing gear, including racing overalls and helmet.
"In the light of the accident, I think it is best that we offer 'pay and practice' facility with only full medical support even if it costs more."