Dubai Autodrome statement on accident during UAE national race day

It is with deep regret and great sadness that the Dubai Autodrome Motorsport Club (DAMC) has to report that an accident in the UAE Sportbike Championship, Race 1, resulted in one fatality and one rider in intensive care at Rashid Hospital in Dubai.

At approximately 14:00pm after the 12 lap race for UAE Sportbikes, on the slowdown lap about 300 meters after the finish line straight, Pascal Grosjean (who had just been given the chequered flag for winning the race) and third place rider Tony Jordan collided - with both riders ending up injured on the track.

Medical teams were immediately dispatched to the scene whereupon both riders were treated and stabilised. Grosjean was airlifted to Rashid Hospital from the track while Jordan was taken to the Dubai Autodrome medical centre before being taken to Rashid Hospital by ambulance.

Reports from the hospital indicated that both riders were in a serious condition and a few hours later the passing of Grosjean was announced. Jordan remains in intensive care.

Hamish Brown, General Executive of Dubai Autodrome said, "The Dubai Autodrome team and the motorsport community of the UAE are deeply saddened by the enormous loss and pass on our sincere condolences to Pascal Grosjean's family and friends. Pascal was a multiple UAE champion who was well respected in motorsport and motorcycle community."

Mr Brown added, "Our thoughts and prayers are very much with Tony and his family at this time. We wish him all the best and recovery during this critical period."

The Automobile and Touring Club of the UAE (ATCUAE) have launched a full enquiry into the circumstances of the accident.