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MotoGP, Avintia team fires mechanic who falsified PCR test

A team member changed the date on a swab result. “These actions damage the league.”

MotoGP: Avintia team fires mechanic who falsified PCR test


The Avintia team released an official statement after the indiscretion that a team mechanic had falsified the result of swab test required to enter the Misano Grand Prix paddock by changing the date.

The verbatim statement:

From Avintia Esponsorama Racing, we show our total conformity with all the measures taken by Dorna and Irta that – as well as our team policy and code of conduct to which all its members adhere, including mechanics, technicians, family members, sponsors, or any other person close to the team – we are obliged to take specific disciplinary measures and close all relations with our team member who, yesterday, thanks to the great work being done by Dorna and Irta, unsuccessfully falsified a PCR test to gain access to the paddock of the Misano circuit for the next Grand Prix.

Being the team indirectly responsible for assuming all the costs derived from the exceptional measures of the COVID-19 protocols to all its workers, with this type of action, we are aware that they wanted to obtain their own benefit, putting at risk the rest of the people who make up the team and the championship. These behaviours not only damage the image of the team, but also the rest of the paddock and the championship as a whole.

We would like to clarify that it is the responsibility of each team member to enter their access and PCR test for the organization on an online platform for each circuit according to the guidelines that, for COVID-19 reasons, are currently in force for access to the paddock. 

Avintia Esponsorama Racing would like to apologise and thank DORNA and IRTA for all the efforts made to keep everyone in the MotoGP paddock safe, allowing the championship to run properly.

Translated by Leila Myftija

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