MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro has led paddock requires sequence promoter Dorna to take swift motion over the video of former British Moto3 racer Tom Sales space-Amos being attacked by a crew staffer within the CIP Moto pit field.
The unimaginable footage, captured from exterior the momentary garages utilized by a number of the Moto3 groups, reveals Sales space-Amos remonstrating a mechanic from his personal CIP Moto crew, after breaking down within the race – earlier than the scene takes a really disagreeable flip and the technician repeatedly kicks out on the racer.
That is the one factor being talked about within the paddock tonight: frankly unbelievable footage of a mechanic attacking Moto3 rider Tom Sales space Amos within the storage after the 2019 race at Buriram pic.twitter.com/8meawe4iJk
— Simon Patterson (@denkmit) October 1, 2022
Confirming the incident in a short assertion posted on his personal social media after the preliminary flurry of media consideration, Sales space-Amos (who left Moto3 after solely a single season in 2019) claimed that he had been urged to maintain quiet on the incident on the time with the intention to attempt to be certain that he was in a position to stay within the paddock for the next season.
“The video that’s appeared is from the 2019 Thai Grand Prix,” he confirmed. “There have been numerous points with the crew that yr that had been by no means spoken about and I stored quiet simply to attempt to preserve my journey for the 2020 season because it was my dream to remain in that paddock.
“This occurred after the race when my bike broke down resulting from a mechanic’s error, I used to be requested to not say something and to maintain quiet. I by no means advised anybody, together with Dorna and my administration on the time.
“That’s only one factor that occurred that yr, folks don’t know what goes on behind the TV display.”
Solely showing on social media three years after the incident as MotoGP returns to the Thai circuit for the primary time for the reason that pandemic, it’s been met with common disgust each on-line and throughout the paddock, with Aprilia rider Espargaro solely telling The Race that he’d already been in touch with MotoGP sporting director Carlos Ezpeleta to demand that the mechanic in query by no means be allowed to work within the paddock once more.
“I noticed the video, and I’ve by no means been that offended in all my profession,” fumed the Spaniard. “I’ve by no means seen one thing like this in a paddock, and I known as Carlos Ezpeleta and I talked with him. I’m no person to resolve, however I really feel like I’m one of many previous males of this paddock after virtually 20 years in it.
“We’ve got no riders’ union, however I believe that it’s proper that the ethical riders communicate up when one thing like this occurs. For me this man must be out of the paddock, and Dorna has to go to the courts with him.
“That is one thing that we’ve seen somewhere else, and that is much more harmful.
“It’s a really dangerous picture for the championship, and I used to be very offended. He was a child. I’ve by no means seen something prefer it.”
The mechanic in query is not working with the CIP Moto crew (who presently run Australian Joel Kelso and Japanese rider Kaito Toba), with the French squad releasing its personal assertion instantly apologising to its former rider for his actions and confirming the mechanic’s departure.
“Concerning the video from 2019,” the assertion stated, “on behalf of the crew, we strongly denounce this type of behaviour, and we wish to publicly apologise to Tom Sales space-Amos. A crew just isn’t the trouble of 1 particular person, however of a complete group of individuals.
“That’s why this technician is not concerned in our crew. violence of any form just isn’t acceptable in our sport and past. We’ve got taken all the mandatory measures to make sure that it doesn’t occur once more sooner or later.”
Nevertheless, it’s believed that the mechanic in query stays within the grand prix paddock in a special position, and The Race has reached out to the crew that now employs the particular person its sources imagine was the one attacking Sales space-Amos within the video for remark.
A press release from Dorna given to The Race learn: “The incident that occurred on the 2019 Thai GP involving Moto3 rider Tom Sales space-Amos and his former crew has just lately come to mild. Accordingly, it’s being investigated.”
Sales space-Amos switched to the Supersport 300 World Championship for 2020, successful races in his debut season and preventing for the title in his second yr there, ending runner-up within the championship to Spaniard Adrian Huertas regardless of lacking three rounds resulting from accidents suffered when he was worn out by one other rider.
This yr has seen the 26-year-old make a sequence of appearances in numerous championships together with World Supersport, and he’ll begin Saturday’s British Supersport spherical at Donington Park from pole place for the Gearlink Kawasaki squad.