Yesterday Max Biaggi was involuntary called into question regrading the behavior of two of his mechanics who, during qualifying, tried to stop Fernandez as he was leaving the pit lane, presumably to follow Sasaki. This led IRTA to fine and sanction the two culprits, but they were also reproached by the six-time champion.
“I was there. It was something that shouldn’t have happened and something far from the ethics of this sport and this team,” Biaggi said, and added: “So I immediately apologized to Fernandez. Soon after, I went to the two mechanics. One of them tried to justify himself saying they got close to see the bike. The other instead apologized. ‘We did a stupid thing’, he admitted. It may not have been dangerous, but it’s inhumanly ugly. I’m ashamed. It’s my team. The sanction was valid, and so was the fine. I’m going to be even more severe. There will be a more targeted measure. I thought I had seen it all, and I don’t wish it on anyone to have to handle such a thing. The two mechanics weren’t there by chance. They were both in on it. It was a personal and premeditated initiative. They didn’t want Sasaki to be followed, but the riders on the track can handle themselves on their own.”
This wasn’t the only bad moment for the Moto3. There was also that ridiculous exit from the pit lanes with some riders who had turned off their engines.
“I agree with the fact that power in a team is pyramidal. How to get out, what to do. Everything is outlined. It’s also true that no one takes initiatives. There have been riders who replaced injured title holders and have made colleagues fall, like Sasaki at the fourth corner of the first lap. The choice of riders should be taken more into consideration.”
His final comment was again regarding the two mechanics.
“When you have a team, it’s like a family. I wish I could defend them, but that’s not possible. Things need to be said. I didn’t want to have to be here to explain.”