Thanks to the quick intervention of the Suzuki and Aprilia teams, who forced the door of the box with a key because it was empty of occupants before taking out the Moto2, the fire, which devastated the VDS team box at the end of the day, was able to be contained , thus avoiding its spread to neighboring boxes, occupied on one side by Suzuki, on the other by Aprilia.
The short-circuited battery charger hypothesis that we raised in our first article was officially confirmed by the Marc VDS team tonight.
After a lot of work, involving members of the Aprilia and Suzuki teams, the consequences of this fire could be reduced to a minimum, and the Marc van der Straten riders, sam lowes Y tony arbolinewill be able to participate tomorrow in FP1: Solidarity is not an empty word in the paddock!
Official statement from the Marc VDS team: “ After extinguishing the fire in the garage, inspections carried out showed that the fire started when rain entered the garage and dripped onto the ground where it short-circuited a charger. This caused sparks which quickly turned into a fire.
Fortunately, thanks to the fantastic work of everyone in the paddock, track security and track firefighters, damage was kept to a minimum.
The Elf Marc VDS team wants to publicly thank the work and the great help provided by all the colleagues in the paddock with a special mention to the Suzuki MotoGP team who worked with us to clean and rebuild the pit as if it were their own.
With all our team members safe and the garage rebuilt, we are ready to start the Japanese Grand Prix tomorrow. »
THANK YOU SO MUCH to @suzukimotogp & @ApriliaOfficial members, forcing the door open, putting out the fire and pulling the bikes out of the burning garage. HEROES.
But this was not enough for them, they stayed with us cleaning and reassembling the box. @MotoGP FAM🏼 https://t.co/niSGvkuMOt
– Guille Carrillo 🙏🏼🇺🇦 (@GuilleCarrillo) September 22, 2022