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WSBK rider Canepa charged with assault for on-track incident

Aug 07, 2015

The ever-present video cameras of today's world have changed the way justice works. Now, there's often evidence instead of hearsay. An incident caught on camera two years ago could prove very costly for Althea Ducati World Superbike rider Niccolo Canepa.

If you haven't yet seen the video, it allegedly shows Canepa intentionally hitting the front brake lever of another rider, causing him to crash and suffer a broken collarbone. Italian authorities have now charged Canepa with assault, according to Italian media.

At the 11-second mark of the video from the track's CCTV camera, you can see the rider purported to be Canepa gesture at the other rider and then, it appears, smack his brake lever.

Of course any punishment the Italian courts hand out will likely be less costly in the long run than what Canepa could lose if he is found guilty and the FIM bans him from racing. Given the wave of condemnation on the internet, it's easy to imagine manufacturers would no longer want to be associated with him and he couldn't get work as a test rider. As we and our readers discussed in our road rage story, one moment of anger and bad decision-making on a motorcycle can affect you for life.

We should always do the right thing. But if you don't, remember: The cameras are watching.