Moto3 rider opens up on alleged team assault after video emerges
Former British Moto3 racer Tom Booth-Amos has opened up about a video appearing to show a member of a team assaulting him at the 2019 MotoGP Thailand Grand Prix.
Tom Booth-Amos, CIP Green Power
Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Booth-Amos raced for the CIP Greenpower team in the Moto3 class in 2019 aboard a KTM, scoring 10 points across a largely difficult debut campaign in grand prix racing.
The Briton was not kept for 2020, Booth-Amos making a move over to the World Superbike paddock to compete firstly in Supersport 300 – where he won three races - before stepping up to the main World Supersport class this year.
Booth-Amos will also compete at Donington Park this weekend for Gearlink Kawasaki as a replacement for Luke Stapleford in the Supersport class.
On Friday, a video emerged on social media from the 2019 Thailand GP when Booth-Amos raced in Moto3 showing a member of his team appearing to repeatedly strike him in his pitbox.
Booth-Amos has since taken to social media to comment on the video, stating that the incident happened after he’d retired from the Thailand GP due to a bike issue caused by a mechanic.
He also claimed it was not the only problem that went on behind the scenes at the CIP squad, but said he kept quiet about it at the time as he’d hoped to remain in the MotoGP paddock for 2020.
Booth-Amos’ full statement read: “The video that’s appeared is from the 2019 Thai Grand Prix.
“There was a lot of a issues with the team that year that was never spoken about, and I kept quiet just to try and keep my ride for the 2020 season as it was my dream to stay in that paddock.
“This happened after the race when my bike broke down due to a mechanics error, I was asked not to say anything and to keep quiet.
“I never told anyone, including Dorna, and my management at the time.
“That’s just one thing that happened that year. People don’t know what goes on behind the TV screen.”
Motorsport.com has reached out to the CIP team for comment on the video and a response to Booth-Amos’ statement.
Motorsport.com has also reached out to the Max Racing team, with which the offending team member allegedly works now.
MotoGP organisers Dorna Sports have since issued a statement to Motorsport.com stating it will investigate the issue: "The incident that occurred at the 2019 Thai GP involving Moto3 rider Tom Booth-Amos and his former team has recently come to light. Accordingly, it is being investigated."
Be part of Motorsport communityJoin the conversation
Share Or Save This Story
F1 Bahrain GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch, TV channel
F1 Bahrain GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch, TV channel F1 Bahrain GP qualifying - Start time, how to watch, TV channel
IndyCar pushing to have charter system in place before Indy 500
IndyCar pushing to have charter system in place before Indy 500 IndyCar pushing to have charter system in place before Indy 500
F1 driver heights: Who are the shortest & tallest drivers?
F1 driver heights: Who are the shortest & tallest drivers? F1 driver heights: Who are the shortest & tallest drivers?
DuPont Registry and Prive launch private member car collector club in Bahrain
DuPont Registry and Prive launch private member car collector club in Bahrain DuPont Registry and Prive launch private member car collector club in Bahrain
Subscribe and access Motorsport.com with your ad-blocker.
From Formula 1 to MotoGP we report straight from the paddock because we love our sport, just like you. In order to keep delivering our expert journalism, our website uses advertising. Still, we want to give you the opportunity to enjoy an ad-free and tracker-free website and to continue using your adblocker.