Red Bull X-Alps

Three Athletes are Penalised for Violating Air Space

Now facing a 48 hour penalty, is it all over for the three athletes? Or can they still make Monaco in good time?

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Tom de Dorlodot (BEL), Pal Takats (HUN) and Evgenii Griaznov (RUS) have violated designated airspaces and have each received a 48 hours penalty. Checking their backup GPS loggers, these violations were verified this morning.

The athletes can continue racing today, but will be halted as of tomorrow at 5am for 48 hours unless they pull a Ledlenser Night Pass. In this case, the penalty will start on Sunday 5am for 48 hours.

Tom de Dorlodot, who is currently in 19th place and 87km from Turnpoint 4, Lermoos Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, said: ‘I had such an amazing flight yesterday, but this airspace was missed out of my morning briefing so I was flying completely free of mind. And then the alarm went off, saying I was violating. I immediately called the team and the race director to tell him about it. We weren’t trying to hide anything, or take a short cut. It was just a mistake. It’s very disappointing, but we’re going to keep trying, despite the penalty.’

Evgenii is in 21st place, 92km from Turnpoint 4, while Pal is in 12th, 117km from Turnpoint 5, Monte Baldo.

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