This weekend marks the primary Japanese GP to be staged by MotoGP since earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic enveloped the world in 2019.
However Moto2 squad Marc VDS’ preparations for this weekend’s 16th spherical of the 2022 season have been hindered when a hearth erupted in its storage on Thursday night at Motegi.
The pit field – positioned at storage 12 between Suzuki and Aprilia within the Motegi pitlane – was set ablaze when considered one of Marc VDS’ starter motors for its bikes caught hearth.
Fast intervention from the circuit’s hearth fighters meant the blaze was put below management instantly.
As a consequence of this, neither of the workforce’s bikes have been broken within the hearth, nor have been any of its crew.
The Marc VDS workforce says the fireplace was brought on by rain leaking by means of the roof of its storage, which led to water inflicting a brief within the charger for considered one of its bike starter motors.
A press release from the workforce thanked everybody within the paddock who helped get the fireplace below management, whereas additionally confirming that materials damages have been “saved to a minimal”.
Fireplace in Marc VDS storage
Photograph by: Oriol Puigdemont
“After extinguishing the fireplace within the storage, correct inspections confirmed that the fireplace began when some rain water entered the storage, and obtained onto the ground the place it induced a brief reduce in a charger.
“That in flip let off some sparks, which then shortly grew into a hearth.
“Fortuitously, because of the superb job finished by all of the paddock those that have been there, the circuit safety and circuit firemen, damages have been fortunately saved to a minimal.
“The Elf Marc VDS Staff needs to publicly thank the work and big assist offered by all our paddock colleagues, with a particular point out to the Suzuki MotoGP workforce who labored with us to scrub and rebuild the storage as if it was their very own.
“With all our workforce members secure and the storage rebuilt, we’re prepared to start out the Japanese GP tomorrow.”
This isn’t the primary time the MotoGP pitlane has skilled a hearth incident.
On the Malaysian GP in 2018, considered one of Suzuki’s MotoGP bikes caught hearth whereas it was being warmed exterior of the workforce’s pitbox at Sepang.
And in 2019, the inaugural MotoE World Cup had to be delayed when a massive fire destroyed the entire fleet of Energica electrical bikes throughout a pre-season take a look at at Jerez.
Final yr, the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit – host of the Argentine Grand Prix – had its pit constructing severely broken by an enormous hearth.
Joan Mir’s Suzuki crew chief Frankie Carchedi – who will be a part of Gresini Racing subsequent season as Fabio Di Giannantonio’s engineer – tweeted in regards to the Marc VDS incident at Motegi: “Good to see everybody okay.
“Our Suzuki boys did an important job to keep away from an absolute catastrophe. Good job we have been working late!”
Follow for the 2022 Japanese GP will get underway tomorrow, although there’ll solely be one session for every class after MotoGP organisers elected to change the Friday schedule to permit for the sophisticated logistical scenario in getting your complete paddock from Aragon final weekend to Motegi.