OFFICIAL STATEMENT – FIM ASIA

FIM Asia Official Statement

 

ANTHONY WEST DAMPER AS TEAM AKENO SPEED REFUSES TO STRIP THE BIKE

 

SuperSports 600cc Bike No. 13, Anthony West (Akeno Speed Racing), was excluded from the results of Race 1 and Race 2 in Round 2 of the 2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship that took place at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand on April 14 and 15, 2017.

 

Team Akeno Speed Racing had refused to strip the motorcycle at parc ferme for post-race scrutineering. This was an infringement of the technical procedures and was the cause for the disqualification.

 

The breakdown of the incident at Round 2 ARRC in Thailand was as follows:

 

1. Post-Race SuperSports 600cc

 

Time: 1600hrs ICT

Race Category: SuperSports 600cc

Location: Parc Ferme

 

After the SuperSports 600cc Race 2, the top three bikes (Bike No. 13, Bike No. 25 and Bike No. 24) were told to provide various parts of their engine for post-race scrutineering, a common procedure done at the end of every race weekend. There was no protest made by any of the teams with regards to the post-race scrutineering.

 

Team Mechanics for Bike No. 13 were against the order to do so.

 

2. Post-Scrutineering SuperSports 600cc

 

Time: 1705hrs ICT

Race Category: SuperSports 600cc

Location: Parc Ferme

 

At the end of the time stipulated to strip their engines, Team Mechanics for Bike No. 13 rolled the bike out of the scrutineering area in full comprehension that if they do so without stripping their engine, they will be disqualified.

 

Throughout the hour-long stipulated time, not a single bolt was removed from Bike No. 13.

 

Post-race Scrutineering finished with Bike No. 25 and Bike No. 24 – both teams had provided the necessary parts for inspection.

 

 

 

3. Issuance of Race Results

 

Provisional results were issued at 1548 hrs ICT pending the end of protest time.

 

An amended result was issued at 1723 hrs ICT for Race 2 at Round 2. Subsequently, an amended result for Race 1 at Round 2 was also made, because the post race scrutineering affects both races as the engines are sealed. Hence, any infringement on the technical side would affect results in both Race 1 and Race 2.

 

When the amended results were issued at 1723 hrs ICT, no protest were made against the amended results.

 

 

4. Technical Director

 

The Technical Director walked out therefore resigning his position at 1350 ICT during the post-race scrutineering for the Underbone 150cc motorcycles and prior to the SuperSports 600cc race. He was not present during the SuperSports 600cc Race 2.

 

His duties were continued by Mr. Somchow Thanawin, a licensed FIM Technical Steward (License No: 11344) for the remainder of the races.

 

5. FIM Asia Road Racing Championship

 

The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is organized to the standards as laid down by the FIM and the FIM Asia.  There was no injustice caused in any way to any participant or team. It is equally disappointing when accusations and assumptions were made without full understanding of the facts and proper processes of the rules laid in Motorsports that emphasizes the highest standards for sportsmanship and professionalism.

 

 

FIM ORIGINAL STATEMENT