Apa si arti ‘SCRUTINEERING‘? Pasca race 2 kelas Supersport 600 (SS600) di ajang balap AsianGP, ARRC Serie Buriram Thailand, kabar panas mulai beredar. Diperkuat dengan statement Anthony West di Timeline Instagramnya, yang menganggap ada politik dalam ajang balap Asia tersebut dan memojokkan tim Yamaha Thailand.
Anthony West meraih podium 1 di kelas paling bergengsi tersebut dan akhirnya didiskualifikasi, karena timnya, Akeno Speed Racing, menolak melakukan Scrutineering.
Dari statement Anthony West tersebut, banyak yang menduga bahwa, tim Thailand melakukan intervensi politik, karena dalam 4 race di 2 serie ARRC, di semua kelas, tidak sekalipun pebalap Thailand podium 1. Dan di serie 2, mereka sebagai tuan rumah, dianggap melakukan intervensi karena memiliki power lebih.
Dari kasak-kusuk itu, akhirnya FIM mengeluarkan pernyataan resmi terkait Scrutineering. Tentang pernyataan atau pressure release FIM Asia (beserta terjemahan dari motormotor.id) bisa dibaca di halaman kedua. Saya hanya penasaran, apa sih Scrutineering? Maklum, saya awam istilah dalam dunia balap.
Dari informasi yang saya dapat, Scrutineering ialah proses pemeriksaan teknis mesin/body secara detail. Biasanya dilakukan pra race dan pasca race. Scrut pra race biasanya hanya pemeriksaan mesin maupun body luar saja bilamana ada bagian yang tidak sesuai regulasi panitia masih memberikan waktu agar peserta bisa merubah/mengganti. Sementara itu Scrut Pasca Race yaitu pemeriksaan mesin maupun body secara detail, seperti pengecekan Cc kendaraan dan lain hal, yang sudah diregulasikan, bila menyalahi regulasi, peserta dikenakan diskualifikasi, tetapi scrut pasca race hanya untuk para juara pada event tersebut.
Jadi, secara umum, Scrutineering yang dilakukan FIM Asia pasca balap SS600 adalah hal wajar, karena kebijakan tersebut sudah semestinya diterapkan. Tapi, mengapa, tim Akeno dimana Anthony West bernaung menolak melakukan Scrutineering? Anthony West merupakan pebalap profesional, dan pernah ikut ajang Moto2, pasti paham hal-hal terkait balap dan regulasinya? Dan mengapa Anthony berani menyebut ‘Yamaha Thailand’ dengan kalimat yang seolah menyudutkan tim tuan rumah tersebut? Benarkah ada politik di dunia balap Asia tersebut?
FIM ASIA OFFICIAL STATEMENT
ANTHONY WEST DAMPER AS TEAM AKENO SPEED REFUSES TO STRIP THE BIKE
SuperSports 600cc Bike No. 13, Anthony West (Akeno Speed Racing), was excluded from the results of Race 1 and Race 2 in Round 2 of the 2017 FIM Asia Road Racing Championship that took place at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand on April 14 and 15, 2017.
Team Akeno Speed Racing had refused to strip the motorcycle at parc ferme for post-race scrutineering. This was an infringement of the technical procedures and was the cause for the disqualification.
The breakdown of the incident at Round 2 ARRC in Thailand was as follows:
1. Post-Race SuperSports 600cc
Time: 1600hrs ICT
Race Category: SuperSports 600cc
Location: Parc Ferme
After the SuperSports 600cc Race 2, the top three bikes (Bike No. 13, Bike No. 25 and Bike No. 24) were told to provide various parts of their engine for post-race scrutineering, a common procedure done at the end of every race weekend. There was no protest made by any of the teams with regards to the post-race scrutineering.
Team Mechanics for Bike No. 13 were against the order to do so.
2. Post-Scrutineering SuperSports 600cc
Time: 1705hrs ICT
Race Category: SuperSports 600cc
Location: Parc Ferme
At the end of the time stipulated to strip their engines, Team Mechanics for Bike No. 13 rolled the bike out of the scrutineering area in full comprehension that if they do so without stripping their engine, they will be disqualified.
Throughout the hour-long stipulated time, not a single bolt was removed from Bike No. 13.
Post-race Scrutineering finished with Bike No. 25 and Bike No. 24 – both teams had provided the necessary parts for inspection.
3. Issuance of Race Results
Provisional results were issued at 1548 hrs ICT pending the end of protest time.
An amended result was issued at 1723 hrs ICT for Race 2 at Round 2. Subsequently, an amended result for Race 1 at Round 2 was also made, because the post race scrutineering affects both races as the engines are sealed. Hence, any infringement on the technical side would affect results in both Race 1 and Race 2.
When the amended results were issued at 1723 hrs ICT, no protest were made against the amended results.
4. Technical Director
The Technical Director walked out therefore resigning his position at 1350 ICT during the post-race scrutineering for the Underbone 150cc motorcycles and prior to the SuperSports 600cc race. He was not present during the SuperSports 600cc Race 2.
His duties were continued by Mr. Somchow Thanawin, a licensed FIM Technical Steward (License No: 11344) for the remainder of the races.
5. FIM Asia Road Racing Championship
The FIM Asia Road Racing Championship is organized to the standards as laid down by the FIM and the FIM Asia. There was no injustice caused in any way to any participant or team. It is equally disappointing when accusations and assumptions were made without full understanding of the facts and proper processes of the rules laid in Motorsports that emphasizes the highest standards for sportsmanship and professionalism.