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An on-track collision and subsequent
retaliation involving two of the top competitors in the Moto West Grand
Prix (MWGP) Formula One race on Sunday at Buttonwillow Raceway Park led race
officials to revise the organization's rulebook to prevent such
incidents in the future, club officials said.
In the Formula One
race, Corey Sarros hit the kill switch on Jason Aguilar's Tuned Racing
Yamaha YZF-R6 as Sarros drove past on his Suzuki GSX-R1000. Aguilar had
run into Sarros on the preceding turn, Sarros said, and Sarros
retaliated by shutting off Aguilar's machine.
""He hit me in the
turn getting onto the back straight, so instead of hitting him back I
shut his bike off on the way by," Sarros says. "He's always ramming
people and out of control, which is fine, But when someone does
something back, don't cry about it."
Aguilar's team called the move "unsportsmanlike conduct" that marred the race, and said that Aguilar was furious.
bike would not restart, requiring him to pull off track, losing about 30
seconds and dropping him to last place," the team said in a news
release. "Aguilar pushed hard to catch the other riders to take the
final podium position."
Race officials said they investigated the
incident and warned Sarros that his behavior was inappropriate, but
took no further action in connection with that specific event. However,
the rulebook was revised after the weekend to clarify that club
officials would not permit such activity in the future.
West Grand Prix takes racer safety very seriously," President and CEO
Greg Nulman says. "We revised the rulebook to make it clear that any
deliberate actions that endanger another racer, on or off the track,
will not be tolerated."
UPDATE: Today, Moto West
Grand Prix announced that it would award second-place points to Aguilar in the
Formula One race. The statement by President Greg Nulman reads:
"After further review, MWGP has awarded 2nd place points to Jason Aguilar,
Corey Sarros will retain 2nd place finish and points. Jason Aguilar has been a
valued member of our club since the inception, and this is the first instance
where MWGP has been asked to investigate any on track contact involving
The revised language in the rulebook now reads:
"Riders taking overt action to impede, harass or distract other riders on
the track will be disqualified from the race and may, along with their team, be
fined or suspended for up to two years. If a rider’s actions result in the
injury of another rider(s), the offending rider may be suspended for any time
period up to and including for all time, at the discretion of MWGP. Any
off-track tampering of a machine, physical contact or threatening language will
result in probation and may, along with their team, be fined or suspended for
up to two years. If a rider’s actions result in the injury of another rider(s),
the offending rider may be suspended for any time period up to and including
for all time, at the discretion of MWGP Any improper behavior should be
reported to a MWGP official immediately."