BOSSES of the Open eSBK championship have been forced to cancel this weekend’s races at TT Circuit Assen after a fire sent two people to hospital.
One of the prototype electric racing machine was charging in the paddock when it caught fire, causing minor injuries to a pair of nearby competitors.
While paddock staff were able to quickly get the blaze under control, event chiefs decided to cancel the remainder of the weekend ahead of the first race – but insist they will be back in the future.
Following Friday’s practice, Dale Robinson led the order by over 7.5sec on his Zero SR/F, leaving two Energicas bikes and a Brammo trailing in his wake.
A statement from Open eSBK reads:
The racing weekend of the Open eSBK has been cancelled after an unfortunate incident. An electric bike of the prototype class caught fire and two people were taken to hospital and treated for minor burn injuries. The bike could not be saved. Thanks to the quick and adequate reactions of the paddock staff, other teams, on-track fire department and the organisations safety precautions, other material damages were kept to a minimum. Nevertheless it was decided to cancel the rest of the Open eSBK race weekend.
We strongly sympathise with all people involved and the team, who lost their custom bike after a year worth of hard work. The racing industry is about pushing boundaries. Where electric road bikes have been safely out on the streets for many years now, electric racing is still relatively young and in development. The Open eSBK strives to facilitate electric motor racing in a manner as safe as possible, and will continue to do so in the future. Despite all this, we are very glad that all involved are currently doing well.
We thank all teams, riders, and TT Assen circuit safety and medical personnel for their help this whole weekend and with this incident specifically.
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