The Tech 3 MotoGP team says it is ready to compete in the Grand Prix of the Americas this weekend despite a fire in its garage overnight.
One of the electric starters to start the bikes up caught fire inside Cal Crutchlow's and Bradley Smith's pit garage at Circuit of The Americas. The track's sprinkler system was immediately activated and prevented any serious damage.
Tech 3 team boss Herve Poncharal said computer equipment was damaged as a result, but insisted it will not cause any problems for this weekend's race.
"We have suffered quite a lot of damage and of course it is not ideal preparations, but thankfully the fire prevention measures undertaken by the Circuit of The Americas and the assistance of the local fire department were invaluable in limiting the damage," he said. "We will be conducting a thorough investigation to find out why this issue occurred and take the necessary steps to ensure it is not repeated in the future."
Poncharal also apologized to the Yamaha, LCR and Cardion teams as the sprinkler system was also activated inside their pit areas.