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Bekas juara MotoGP, Nicky Hayden meninggal dunia

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Bekas juara MotoGP, Nicky Hayden telah meninggal dunia selepas terlibat dalam satu kemalangan serius ketika menunggang basikal minggu lalu, lapor sebuah hospital di Itali di mana dia dimasukkan pada hari Isnin.

“Doktor telah mengesahkan kematian pesakit berkenaan,” kata Hospital Bufalini di Cesena dalam satu kenyataan.

Hayden, bekas juara MotoGP yang berusia 35 tahun, telah dilanggar oleh sebuahg kereta pada Rabu minggu lalu ketika menunggang basikal di bandar Riccione, tiga hari selepas berlumba di trek Imola untuk Kejohanan Superbike Dunia.

Dia berada dalam rawatan rapi selepas dibawa ke hospital dan doktor melaporkan pada hari Khamis bahawa dia mengalami poly-trauma yang serius dan menyebabkan kecederaan otak yang serius.

Hayden, yang dilahirkan di Amerika Syarikat terkenal dengan jolokan ‘The Kentucky Kid’ menjuarai Kejohanan MotoGP pada tahun 2006 dan telah beraksi untuk pasukan Honda dalam kategori Superbike sejak tahun lalu.

Laporan media tempatan di mana kemalangan tersebut berlaku, Rimini Today, menyatakan bahawa pihak polis telah memiliki bukti video berkenaan insiden tersebut.

Menurut laporan tersebut, satu video dari kamera keselamatan dari sebuah ruamh berdekatan telah berjaya merakam kemalangan berkenaan dan pemilik rumah tersebut telah membenarkan pihak polis Riccione untuk mengambil video tersebut.

Selain itu, beberapa komen dari orang ramai yang melihat video kemalangan tersebut mendakwa bahawa Nicky Hayde telah dilanggar di sebelah kiri oleh sebuah kereta berjenama Peugeot ketika Hayden sedang melintas.

Rakaman video tersebut dipercayai akan dapat membantu menentukan kelajuan Hayden dan pemandu kereta tersebut ketika kejadian tersebut berlaku, dan sama ada Hayden tidak menyedari kehadiran kereta berkenaan selepas sebuah iPod dijumpai di kawasan kemalangan.

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Proton to stage comeback in World Rally Championship 2018

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“The Iriz is perfect for rallying.”

Those are the words from MEM World Rally Team boss, Chris Mellors.

British firm MEM (Mellors Elliott Motorsport) will be reconstructing the Proton Iriz so Proton can make a comeback in the World Rally Championship 2018.

The new and improved Iriz will make its debut as Proton Iris R5, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. It is currently still under construction at the MEM’s Derbyshire factory.

Proton’s last campaign at the World Rally Championship ended four years ago, after the Proton stopped the production of the Satria Neo.

“We started looking at this with Proton last year and straight away we were excited by what we saw with the road car.” MEM boss, Chris Mellors said.

“The size and shape of the Iriz is perfect for rallying.” he added.

“Everything is in the right place: the overall length of the car is shorter than the Satria, but the wheelbase is longer; the strut tops are in just the right place; there’s lots of frontal area which is great for cooling.

“We’ve got a great base car and into that we’ve put all the right ingredients.”

Chris Mellors added that Proton has never lost its interest to compete in rallying, they just needed a practical car that was suitable for the World Rally Championship. So far, Proton is satisfied with the progress that MEM is making.

“We’ve still got a lot of work to do, we’ve got a lot of testing and development to do – and the debut at the Festival of Speed is pretty ambitious, but we’re well on with the job.” Mellors added.

The Iriz R5 will be available by the 1st of January 2018 for homologation — the process of certifying and approving the car to make sure it meets safety and technical requirements.