Circuit of the Americas Press Release:
Circuit of The Americas today announced that a small overnight garage fire will have no impact on final preparations for the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas, which begins tomorrow, Friday, April 19, and runs through Sunday, April 21, at the new purpose-built Grand Prix facility in Central Texas.
The fire, which was first reported at 1 a.m. CDT, was contained to Garage 4, although water and fire retardant power from the Circuit’s fire suppression system also affected parts of Garages 1, 2, 3, and 5. No significant damage occurred and no one on the scene was injured.
Preliminary reports from Austin Fire Department officials on the scene indicated that the fire was accidental, and likely caused by an electric motorcycle engine starter that was charging at the time of the incident. The equipment was located in the garage currently being used by the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team. Garages assigned to the Yamaha Factory Racing Team, LCR Honda Motorcycle Racing Team and Cardion AB Motoracing Team were also affected by water.
“We extend our sincere thanks to the Austin Fire Department for their assistance early this morning as they quickly helped us extinguish the fire in Garage 4,” Circuit Vice President of Public & Media Relations Julie Loignon stated. “The Circuit’s fire suppression system performed well, and while we have some cleaning up to do in the garages affected by water, there was no significant damage to the buildings or the equipment housed in the garages that is vital to the affected teams’ performance this weekend. We are continuing with preparations for the Red Bull MotoGP of The Americas and look forward to treating fans to world-class motorcycling racing this weekend as the champions from MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 come to Texas for the very first time.”
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