On Saturday, the Enduropale, a motocross competition in Pas-de-Calais, was the scene of an incident that ignited social networks. During the warm-up lap preceding the race, driver No. 321 fell suddenly. On many videos, we see several pilots avoiding it until n°322 which brakes just before rolling on the legs of the poor pilot on the ground.
Onlookers were outraged after witnessing the incident or seeing the videos on Twitter. On Saturday, during the warm-up lap of the Enduporale, a prestigious motocross race in Le Touquet in the Pas-de-Calais, driver no. 321 had his legs rolled by driver no. 322 after falling of his motorcycle. On the videos posted online, the pilot brakes his race and ends up rolling over his competitor on the ground, suggesting that this is a deliberate act.
I ask the motorcycle FFM to exclude the 322 from any motorcycle competition. This behavior is simply unacceptable. It calls for an exemplary sanction. pic.twitter.com/bu1HzCwIRO
— Daniel Fasquelle (@DFasquelle) February 5, 2023
The French Motorcycling Federation is seized
The pilot at fault, from the Moto Club du Littoral based in Loon-Plage in Pas-de-Calais, has since been the target of numerous disapprovals from Internet users. In a press release published this Sunday on Twitter, the organization of the race announced that it had seized the French Motorcycling Federation to summon driver No. 322. “This type of behavior appears morally, sportingly and ethically inadmissible and contrary to the values that we defend. We ask in this regard, that an exemplary sanction be pronounced”, warns the organization of the Enduropale in its press release.
The pilot at fault claims to have panicked
For his part, the alleged culprit explained himself in the columns of La Voix du Nord. “Someone fell in front of me, I didn’t know what to do, he explains. I couldn’t shift to the left or to the right because I didn’t know what was happening. I preferred to accelerate by raising the front of the bike so as not to hurt him.” The Lille resident claims not to have intended to ride on his competitor and even contacted the victim who did not wish to answer him. Despite the incident, the race took place and the two drivers finished 176th for the n°321 and 251st for the n°322.