Small fire in Tech 3 garage ahead of Austin GP

The Tech 3 team have announced there was a small fire in the garage of Cal Crutchlow and Bradley Smith overnight (Wednesday night) at the Circuit of the America’s in Austin, Texas.

There should be no problems for the Tech 3 team this
weekend despite a small fire.

Photo: Tech 3 Racing. 

The fire, started by one of the electric starters did not cause any major damage as a spinkler system was immediately activated by the fire prevention systems at COTA. The sprinkler system was also set off in the Factory Yamaha, LCR Honda and Cardion AB garages.

Computer equipment has been damaged however Tech 3 do not anticipate any problems to its participation in the coming second round of the MotoGP championship. Team staff will now commence an investigation into the cause of the fire. 

Team Principal, Herve Poncheral said:  “Unfortunately there was a small incident inside the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 garage overnight. The process of starting a MotoGP machine requires an electric starter and overnight they are left on charge. This is standard procedure and something we have been doing ever since the introduction of the four-stroke era. Unfortunately in the night one of the batteries caught fire. We have suffered quite a lot of damage and of course it is not ideal preparations but thankfully the fire prevention measures undertaken by the Circuit of the Americas and the assistance of the local Fire Department were invaluable in limiting the damage. The sprinkler system was immediately activated and fire crews on scene promptly and I am grateful for that. We will be conducting thorough investigation to find out why this issue occurred and take the necessary steps to ensure it is not repeated inthe future. I would like to apologise to the Yamaha Factory Team, LCR Honda and Cardion AB too, as the sprinkler system was also activated inside their pit area as well. But it could have been much worse and with the fantastic support of Yamaha and others in the close-knit MotoGP community, I am confident we can participate in this weekend’s race without any additional problems.”

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