Fan of Bagnaia too hot, in Assen he ends up in a fist fight

Fan of Bagnaia too hot, in Assen he ends up in a fist fight


ABSENT – “Ah, these Italians: always so passionate. Just too much.” The Dutch press is pulling the ears of Pecco Bagnaia’s fans, telling of a “warm” invasion of the track that would have even ended in punches. It happened on Saturday afternoon in the suggestive Speed ​​Cathedral of Assen, at the end of the sprint race dominated by Marco Bezzecchi, with the Mooney Vr46 team rider who preceded the Piedmontese world champion to the finish line. “An unfortunate incident,” say the oranjie journalists, who are evidently unfamiliar with the traditional celebrations at any other racetrack in the world.

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by our correspondent Massimo Calandri

Contact with the circuit commissioner

According to local media, at the end of the race Pecco’s parents – literally “Papa Pietro and mum Stefani Bagnaia” – at turn 5, the Strubben Linkskuve, would have passed the barriers with a group of fans and friends to go to congratulate the official Ducati rider, who was returning to the box after his farewell lap. “A zealous commissioner of the circuit” – (that adjective, ‘zealous’, is in itself a clear indication of how things went) – “considered their action too dangerous, given that the MotoGP riders darted in the area of ​​more than 200 kmh in the ‘cool down lap’.

Marshall punched

In this group, according to eyewitness reports, an excited, hot-headed Bagnaia fan then punched the marshall, eventually making it to the side of the track. This is the report from the Dutch newspapers: the commissioner would later complain to the Dorna organizers about the behavior of the Italians. “Whether all this will have aftermath is not foreseeable at the moment”, adds the Dagblad van het Noorden (Newspaper of the North): “However, it is probable that this pointless incident and all the excitement have resolved themselves: Pecco or another member of the family would have brought some merchandising articles of number 1 to the attentive marshal of Strubben, also leaving a personal autograph and a friendly apology”.

In another report, the Dagblad van het Norden recounts that, despite the Doc’s farewell to racing two years ago, the Cathedral of Speed ​​”remains the circuit of Valentino Rossi”. Ample space for the interview with a gentleman in a yellow wig and local wooden clogs with the number 46: “He’s still my hero, my idol: and he will always be.”


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