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WATCH: On-track punch-up lands Arenacross riders with lengthy bans

Ash Greedy and Gradie Fatherstone are banned for 18 months and 12 months respectively after a fight on-track at an event in Birmingham

AX Pro riders Ashely Greedy and Gradie Featherstone have both received immediate bans from competing in MCF or Arenacross events after becoming involved in an on-track bust-up following a racing incident.

The pair were competing in the Birmingham round of the 2020 Arenacross Tour over the weekend when they went up against each other, with Featherstone getting the jump on Greedy as they rounded the first lap.

However, coming into the final corner, Greedy came from a long way back and slammed into the side Featherstone, taking them both off their machines. Greedy ran back to his bike as Featherstone ran over to him to remonstrate.

Standing in front of his bike, Featherstone tried to stop Greedy from continuing but the Offset CBD X FRO Systems first headbutt his rivals to get him to let go of his bike before pulling away as officials came over.

Greedy opened the throttle, pushing Featherstone out of the way before Greedy threw a punch to take them both down again.

WATCH: Ash Greedy, Gradie Featherstone fight

Unsurprisingly, series organisers took a dim view of both riders’ actions, giving Greedy an 18-month ban from competition, with Featherstone landing as 12-month suspension. The verdict makes reference to both on and off-track incidents involving the two riders.

The full statement from the MCF said:

“As of immediate effect (1300hrs 2nd February 2020) Ashley Greedy (#33) will receive an 18-month full MCF competition ban whilst Gradie Featherstone (#3) will receive a 12-month full MCF competition ban as in line within the 2020 MCF rules, regulations and sporting codes of conduct.

“Both named riders have been informed of the sanctions imposed.

“MCF General Manager, Gareth Chamberlain stated that the MCF must stand strong in decisions connected to dangerous riding and violent conduct. “The MCF has today (2nd February 2020) taken the opportunity to make a stand against unacceptable on and off-track conduct.

“As an organisation we make great efforts to interact and introduce new people into motorsport whilst also ensuring current events throughout the UK that are staged under our licensing body are safe, secure and staged in a consistent manner. The type of behaviour seen this weekend in Birmingham both on and off the track will not develop the culture or environment that we continue to work towards.”

“Series Promoter Matt Bates stated that time is called on this type of behaviour: “Arenacross prides itself on being a professionally organised event that attracts more people to off-road motorcycle sport than any other race series in the UK, furthermore we attract thousands of young families with youngsters that may one day be tempted to compete in Motocross. For that reason and many more, we will not accept blatantly dangerous riding or violent conduct in the manner we were subjected to in the latest events staged at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena” explained series promoter Matt Bates.

“It’s easy to get drawn into the drama of what we promote, but to be very clear, all of the riders in our series are fully aware of our rules and opinions of dangerous riding where in most cases over the last few years most riders have shown complete respect for one another in an otherwise closely contested Arena – they also have the ability to race in a clean and tactical way that doesn’t put one another in danger. It’s not the first time this has happened, but it will be the last and on behalf of the dedicated staff, teams, riders, families and fans, we will not let this type of behaviour ever take place without further serious consequence again”.

Comments

Based on the vid the ban on Gradie Featherstone seems disproportionate. From the incident to the actions after Ashley Greedy appears the main aggressor.

To the extent that he should receive at least twice the length of penalty.

Very funny and childish. Despite the ban at least no one is heavily hurt. http://westminsterdeckandfence.com/

These guys have no class at all! What does this teach our kids... www.concretingwollongong.com.au

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