Jordi Tixier has been left fuming after suffering what he sees as an unjust penalty imposed at the Tensfeld round of the ADAC MX Masters in Germany.
Out of support for KTM Sarholz Racing Team, the 28-year-old Frenchman had again prioritised the ADAC series ahead of the FIM Motocross World Championship, which was in action at Oss on the same weekend.
Tixier is in a tight title race battle with Max Nagl, with the German holding a small margin over the former MX2 world champion in the ADAC MX Masters standings. With every hard-fought point highly priced in the series, neither rider can afford the luxury of dropping championship-paying points at any of the three motos per round.
In race two, at the circuit located north of Hamburg, the race director judged Tixier to have jumped under a yellow flag. Tixier vehemently denied any wrongdoing and offered video proof.
His evidence did not help overturn the penalty, leaving Tixier seething that he had been, unjustly in his eyes, penalised for endangering his fellow competitors, and with no points for the moto after his second place was removed from the official results.
Tixier didn’t let the drama break his focus as he took a wire-to-wire victory in the final moto.
However, posting on social media, and translated via Google, Tixier felt compelled to tell his side of the events. “INJUSTICE,” wrote Tixier. “This weekend I was present at the German championship (MX Master ADAC). It was happening at the same time as the MXGP, but I once again wanted to respect my commitments to my partners, Team Sarholz and ADAC.
“In the second round, I faced a penalty that was imposed on me by the German race director who considered that I had jumped under a white flag. I want to say publicly that I did not jump under this flag. I know the risks we take and I will never have risked the life of a pilot on land.
“Despite numerous testimonies and the complaint made by my team to the commission which provided video proof, confirming that I had not jumped under this White flag, the race director did not want to hear anything. They found another pretext: I touched the yellow flag (and they explained it all to me, laughing in my face).
“I’m fighting for the title against Max Nagl, whom I respect. But forced to note that sometimes there is a desire to harm certain pilots via abusive decisions and sometimes heavy consequences. It is a sporting injustice because of a malicious person wanting to use his power and it is appalling for our sport.
“We will fight until the end of this championship in order to have the opportunity to perform fairly. Thanks to Team Sarholz for their support.”
KTM Sarholz Racing Team hasn’t publicly commented on Tixier’s penalty.
Tixier returns to MXGP this weekend as the world championship heads to the Czech Republic and the old-school circuit of Loket.
The next round of the 2021 ADAC MX Masters will be held on August 14-15 at Dreetz.