It might be two years coming, but Althea Racing’s Niccolò Canepa has been summoned to appear before a Judge Of Peace in Florence, Italy on September 30, 2015 to answer for an incident that took place at Mugello Circuit on September 23, 2013 involving Suzuki rider Davide Cappato. CCTV footage recorded at that session shows that between the Poggio Secco and Materassi turns, Canepa, visibly angry with Cappato, made a movement that, according to the accusation, is Canepa purposely grabbing or smacking Cappato’s front brake lever, which worked the front brake hard enough to front-flip the Suzuki and send Cappato to the track, breaking his collarbone and putting him in the path of traffic.
We can throw around words like “accused” and “supposed” and all that, but the footage says it all: Canepa was obviously angry at Cappoto, and whatever he did do when he reached out to the Suzuki caused the crash and the resulting injuries. If it weren’t for the near-telepathic ability of the rider behind them to avoid the scene, Cappoto’s injuries might be a touch worse and there would be another name in this story. What would be the most appropriate punishment for Canepa?