Two mechanics were fined and suspended for preventing an opposing team’s motorcycle from exiting the pit lane while qualifying for a motorcycle race.
On Saturday, two members of the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max team were caught on camera apparently intentionally interfering with Adrian Fernandez’s bike as he tried to enter the Tech3-KTM garage during the second part of qualifying for the Moto3 Aragon Grand -Prix to leave.
MotoGP announced later on Saturday that both mechanics were fined €2,000 ($2,003.23) and suspended for two races for “aggressively and dangerously interfering with another team’s bike and rider and having contact with them.” took him in”.
The suspension was pushed back to later races as the ban on mechanics for the next two races in Japan and Thailand, according to MotoGP, would make a replacement for the pair impossible due to immigration and travel restrictions.
The team’s boss, former World Superbike Champion Max Biaggi, suggested the two mechanics would both be penalized beyond the penalties already handed down from MotoGP.
“Unacceptable behavior!” he continued Twitter. “We publicly apologize to the Tech3 Racing Team and Adriàn Fernàndez.
“An unsolicited, dangerous action that can in no way be justified by our code of ethics! Those responsible will be appropriately punished.”
Fernandez’s qualifying rating suffered as a result, so he started Sunday’s race from 15th place on the grid. He ended up turning 12.