Aragon: Moto3 mechanics fined, suspended for Fernandez pit lane block | MotoGP
The pair were caught on film deliberately trying to obstruct Tech3’s Adrian Fernandez as he attempted to leave the pits, presumably to stop the Spaniard following one of the Sterilgarda riders, during Saturday’s Qualifying 2 at Aragon:
This is what happened in #Moto3 Q2 today. @31AdriFernandez was denied to leave in the good group for the QP time, by another team. Unacceptable. @MotoGP @Max_Racing_Team #AragonGP pic.twitter.com/BgfRAMfu2S
— Tech3 Racing (@Tech3Racing) September 17, 2022
The full statement from the FIM Stewards is as follows:
FIM MotoGP Stewards Notification of Sanction: Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max Team
‘Two members of the team were found to be interfering and making contact with the bike and rider of another team in an aggressive and dangerous manner as that rider was leaving the pit box in Moto3 Q2.
‘Both team members have been fined €2000, and they have each been disqualified from taking part in the Animoca Brands Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix AND the Petronas Grand Prix of Malaysia.
‘It would not be possible to replace the team members in question for the next two races due to immigration and travel restrictions for upcoming rounds, which could potentially cause a safety concern for their rider.
‘This two-race ban has therefore been deferred to apply to the Australian and Malaysian Grands Prix.’
Responding to the video of the incident, team boss Max Biaggi wrote:
“The behavior that some members of my team had today is unacceptable!
“I publicly apologise to the Tech3 Racing team and to Adriàn Fernàndez, for what happened. What we’ve seen was an unsolicited action, dangerous and not justifiable in any way by the code of ethics of my Team!
“For this reason, all [those] responsible for this act will be appropriately punished.”
There are rumors that a further altercation may also have taken place after the session…