Biaggi is angry, the mechanics are forbidden in case of Moto3 interference

Biaggi is angry, the mechanics are forbidden in case of Moto3 interference

Former MotoGP star Max Biaggi has criticized members of his eponymous Moto3 team for their actions in qualifying for the Aragon Grand Prix, after team mechanics were caught on camera to prevent Tech3 KTM rider Adrian Fernandez from exiting the passenger lane behind their rider Ayumu Sasaki.

In a video posted on social media by Tech3, two members of the Max Racing team can be clearly seen in the path of their former racer Fernandes – younger brother of MotoGP rider Raul – and appear to come into contact with his front brake as he prepares for that exit from the pit lane.

According to Tech3 team boss Herve Poncharal, this later caused Fernandes to stall his mechanism, preventing him from entering the track as he and the mechanics raced to restart the bike. Once restarted, Fernandes ran out of time for a flying tour and was placed 15th on the grid.

And while it wasn’t entirely clear whether the mechanics’ actions were intentional or not, team boss Biagi said exclusively to The Race afterward that team members will be sanctioned swiftly and severely regardless of the intent.

“Obviously to me!” The Italian is angry then. “I was there. I was talking to [pitlane reporter Antonio] Boselli from Heaven. I didn’t notice it because it was so fast – I did notice when someone sent me a tweet. I saw. I want to talk to the mechanics about what happened.

“They were talking a lot [quiet mumbles]… Why? this is unbelievable. I went to Tech3 and asked what happened. They explained to me. I said sorry, I said this is not acceptable, and I’m going to take some action. So, from my point of view, this is unacceptable. Any side, any class, anything.

“And the… [even] If it’s our turn or IRTA they will, I don’t know, punish me somehow or say that’s something… I’ll do it on my own, in the team. There will be a penalty for the behavior. It doesn’t mean anything if they did it on purpose or not. It was clear to me. and unacceptable.”

MotoGP announced that the two mechanics in question had been found to be “interfering and communicating with the bike and another team’s rider in an aggressive and dangerous manner” – with both being fined €2,000 and a two-race deferred ban issued.

The ban will apply to Phillip Island and Sepang weekends rather than the upcoming races at Motegi and Buriram, as “it will not be possible to replace relevant team members for the next two races due to immigration and travel restrictions for upcoming rounds, which are likely to cause passenger safety concerns.”

On the Tech3 side, Poncharal admitted to The Race that despite all his racing experience, it’s not something he’s encountered before — but it’s not something that should see Max Racing Team riders Sasaki and John McPhee punished for their teams’ actions.

“I was shocked,” he said after seeing the video clip afterward. They sent me the video, I sent it to [Max Racing Team manager] Peter Uttle, to tell him “What’s going on?” “I’m sorry, I apologise,” he said. More than that, what do you want me to say? It’s always hard to say. They will say that it was not done on purpose or something like that.

“But… we have the data, the guys send me the data, it’s really cross- and it’s almost obvious. Almost obvious. What can I say? What can we do? I think that wasn’t a good picture of the sport, at all, especially between two brands Two sisters from the same group [Husqvarna and KTM]. “

However, the Frenchman was more generous than his counterpart Biagio in terms of penalties. Acknowledging that following other riders is part of the game in Moto3 qualifying – something he says he is specifically familiar with after working with Sasaki (a repeat offender) in 2021 – Poncharal said that more than anything it should be a warning to others.

“I don’t get the point because I don’t think Adrian will ever be a threat to anyone,” he admitted to his rider’s performance, with Fernandes 14 places behind Sasaki in the 20th place.

“Sure they are all walking together trying to follow each other. But he’s not the only one! I don’t know who wants to follow him, maybe they thought he wanted to follow Ayumu, but when I was with Ayumu [at Tech3 in 2020-21] Everyone was coming over to say, “Hey, can’t you ask Ayumu to stop following?!”

“They all follow each other! This is the game! This is not the rule but it is what they do.

Herve Poncharal Tech3 MotoGP

“But I honestly don’t want to make a big story out of this. I think this is the first time I’ve seen it. But what can you do? Can you punish? You won’t punish the passenger, the passenger knows nothing, and he is definitely not involved. So who needs To punish?I think it would have been good to have a video, and I must also thank Adrian because he said nothing, but poor boy, he went back to the box and was crying like a child.

“It’s like you have dirty things going on at a football match and you see it live on camera…I think once it was shown, and I think there were quite a few people who saw it, and you know this happened and you could tell people” do not do that again”.

“The more input and focus there is, the more some people know this is happening and shouldn’t be done because it’s dirty.”

Modernization: A video from another angle uploaded by MotoGP itself provided a clearer view of what happened.

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