Moto3 experienced real moments of terror in Austin. On the third lap after a first red flag, Deniz Öncü he suddenly cut Jeremy Alcoba’s way, triggering an impressive carom that also involved Andrea Migno and Pedro Acosta, in which they all miraculously escaped unscathed.
All this in a weekend in which the issue of safety in the training categories had been discussed a lot and in depth, given that just 8 days earlier motorcycling had mourned the death of 15-year-old Dean Berta Vinales in the Supersport 300 in Jerez, and that of the Spaniard was the third death of a teenager in 2021, after those of Jason Dupasquier in Moto3 and Hugo Millan in the European Talent Cup.
Precisely for this reason in the post-race an exemplary punishment for Oncu was invoked at various levels and this time the commissioners actually used a heavy hand, excluding the Turkish KTM driver from the next two races, at Misano and Portimao. A sanction that has received a lot of support, but which has also sparked the ire of the manager of Deniz, the legend of Turkish motorcycling Kenan Sofuoglu.
The multi-champion of the Supersport 600 gave an outspoken interview to Speedweek, taking a stand to defend his protégé: “For me, the decision on Deniz is not right. Just look at the videos, I see much more dangerous maneuvers. the whole race, every rider. Deniz didn’t deserve it, he was very unlucky. “
Among other things, the sanction to Oncu came together with that for his nephew Bahattin Sofuoğlu in Supersport 300: “As in Moto3, in Supersport races everyone tries to have a trail. We are all deeply sorry for the loss of Dean Vinales, but now Dorna has made Deniz and Bahattin an example to show that anyone who drives aggressively he can be punished in this way. It is an injustice. “
On Toprak: “My boys are strong, they look for reasons to criticize”
Toprak Razgatlioglu, PATA Yamaha WorldSBK Team
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The former Turkish rider also included his spearhead, the leader of the SBK World Championship, in the debate Toprak Razgatlıoğlu, who was recently accused of being too aggressive by his rivals in the title race, Jonathan Rea And Scott Redding.
“The main reason why the riders complain about my boys is because they are strong and they are not beatable. So they look for reasons to criticize. In training we fight every lap, we try to attack without touching each other. My drivers don’t play.” .
“We also see in Formula 1, at the pinnacle of motorsport, that top drivers like Lewis Hamilton And Max Verstappen they drive very aggressively. To be successful you have to do this, it’s part of the sport. Today we complain too much, if you chase your opponent you will never win “, he concluded.