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Fonsi Nieto receives fine after accident involving Cesar Barros

Fonsi Nieto receives fine after accident involving Cesar Barros

Valencia Circuit Aspar Team rider Fonsi Nieto has received a fine of 5,000 Swiss Francs after the accident between himself and Brazilian rider Cesar Barros during the 250cc first qualifying practice. The Spaniard was subject of a meeting of the Race Direction Committee, which includes representatives of IRTA, FIM and Dorna.

The nephew of Spanish great Angel Nieto was on a pit-exit lap and was riding slowly round the Sepang circuit, when Barros came up behind. It appears that Nieto was on the racing line and moving towards the edge of the wide Malaysian track when Barros was forced wide. The Brazilian was unable to successfully avoid Nieto´s Aprilia and ploughed into the gravel. He suffered a broken collarbone as a result of the accident, and will definitely miss this weekend´s race. The Yamaha Kurz rider must also decide whether he will be operated on quickly and take the risk to ride in his home race in Rio, or to wait and see if the injury will heal naturally, and miss his home GP.

The Press Release of the FIM read as follows:

On Friday 19 October 2001, during the 250cc qualifying practice session, the rider Alfonso Nieto (SPA) rode in an irresponsible manner causing danger to the rider Cesar Barros (BRA).

For this reason, the Race Direction composed of Messrs. Claude Danis (FIM), Javier Alonso (Dorna), Paul Butler (IRTA) and Franco Uncini (riders´ representative), decided to inflict upon the rider Alfonso Nieto (SPA) a fine of 5,000 Swiss Francs.

No appeal has been lodged.
The decision of the Race Direction is final.

Tags:
250cc, 2001, Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, QP1, Pablo Nieto

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