'Racing and the integrity, must be paramount, as is rider safety.'
World Supercross Championship (WSX) rights-holder SX Global has released a statement addressing rider conduct within the series following the controversy on display in Abu Dhabi.
The statement outlines penalties that were handed out across the night, the first being to Vince Friese for dangerous riding in WSX race one, the MCR Honda racer notably making a move on Dean Wilson (Fire Power Froth Honda) which brought the latter down.
Penalty two was the disqualification of Mitchell Oldenburg (MCR Honda) for entering the mechanic’s area backwards in WSX final three, while the third penalty was handed to Friese once more, the number three leaving the track and was deemed to gain an advantage.
“As we grow this new FIM World Supercross Championship, racing and the integrity, must be paramount, as is rider safety,” SX Global CEO explained.
“As the promoters of the championship, we want to see hard racing that provides an incredible spectacle for fans and spectators; however, we rely on the FIM and their officials, to implement and enforce the rules to ensure both integrity and safety are always maintained.”
Despite the penalties, Friese was still able to finish the second round of the season third overall, while Oldeburg was 11th on the night after his disqualification from the final premier class race of the program.