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Two mechanics who blocked Adrian Fernandez leaving the pits during qualifying in a dangerous Moto 3 incident in Spain have been banned for two races and fined €2,000. The incident happened during the second qualifying session in the Moto 3 round at Aragon when Spanish rider Fernandez was blocked by two Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max team members while leaving the pits for a final flying lap.
It is believed the mechanics made the move to stop Fernandez joining the course behind one of their riders. Moto GP captured the incident in an Instagram video and the Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max team owner Max Biaggi quickly distanced himself from the incident and his mechanics. He commented: “Unacceptable behavior!
“We publicly apologize to the Tech3 Racing Team and Adriàn Fernàndez. An unsolicited, dangerous action that cannot be justified in any way by our code of ethics! Those responsible will be appropriately punished.”
The move seemed to impact Fernandez who finished 15th in qualifying before moving his way into fifth during the race. Despite Biaggi quickly making the apology and vowing to punish those responsible the FIM Stewards have banned both mechanics from the Australian and Malaysian GP rounds.
The Moto 3 series continues in Japan (Motegi) this weekend and Thailand (Buriram) on October 2. It was deemed a safety concern for their rider to ban the mechanics from those rounds so the bans were suspended and will start in Australia on October 16.
A statement from the FIM Stewards said: “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.
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“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.”
Fernandez races for Tech3 Racing who says they want to “close the unpleasant chapter” after the sanctions were handed out. They also accepted the apology of Moto GP star and now team manager Biaggi who won 13 events during his career.
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