A court case in Malaysia brought against nine Australian men who stripped down to their underwear following last weekend’s Formula 1 race has been dismissed.
A group of nine men, one of whom was a government advisor, was arrested by officials at the Sepang International Circuit last Sunday after they celebrated Daniel Ricciardo’s victory for Red Bull.
Local police chief Abdul Aziz Ali said earlier this week that the men were being investigated for “intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of peace” and public indecency, with the case being heard on Thursday.
Reuters reported on Thursday that the nine men issued an apology for their actions and initially pleaded guilty to a public nuisance offence before judge Harith Sham Mohamed Yasin dismissed the case, although not before issuing a stern warning.
“Let this serve as a reminder to all of you to learn about our local cultures and customs. What is perfectly acceptable in your country is not necessarily acceptable in other countries,” Harith said.
“We are remorseful of our actions on that day. We had no idea that our conduct would be deemed to be inappropriate, crass or even downright offensive to the citizens of this country,” read part of the apology issued by the nine men.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto