Lento pede...the FIM statement about the Red Bull Ring incidents has also arrived. There is no doubt that nothing would have come if we hadn't sounded the alarm these days.
The FIM, at this point, should explain us why 'it was not possible to organize all the hearings at the end of the GP of Austria'. But in the end this is not even the point: the press statement with the convocation should have been issued during the Austrian GP anyway. And all parties involved and the media should have been informed.
Being a professional sport has obligations towards the participants, the media and the public.
If the "mission of the FIM is to support the pilots and contribute to their safety and education, as well as to apply any sanctions provided for in the FIM Regulations", ours is to remind them that there are deadlines that must be respected. Sometimes you are forced to skip dinners. It happens. Noblesse oblige.
Following several incidents both on and off track during the last two Grands Prix in the Czech Republic and Austria, the FIM MotoGP Stewards began to summon the riders involved in order to better understand the circumstances of each situation, in addition to analysing video footage of the incidents in question.
Since it was not possible to organise all the hearings at the end of the Austrian GP MotoGP race on Sunday the 16th of August, the members of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel, composed of Bill Cumbow, Freddie Spencer and Ralph Bohnhorst, will continue to summon the riders concerned as soon as possible ahead of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria.
Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) each attended a hearing on Saturday at the Austrian GP.
Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) will now each meet with the FIM MotoGP Stewards on Thursday the 20th of August at the Red Bull Ring.
The FIM's mission is to support riders and contribute to their safety and education, as well as to apply any sanctions required by the FIM Regulations.
A press release will be issued after the hearings.