A high pressure system wreaked havoc over France and Italy throughout this past weekend, and dumped nearly six inches of rain in some areas, which caused massive flooding and damaged buildings.
In Bormes-les-Mimosas, France, one of the buildings to suffer water damage was home to the Monster Yamaha MotoGP team of Bradley Smith and Pol Espargaro, as well Moto2 riders Marcel Shrotter and Alex Mariñelarena.
According to a report released on MotoGP.com, a water-tight door failed at the facility, allowing flood waters into the building, leaving the floors covered in mud and damaging equipment. The resulting floods also caused damage to crates that were scheduled to be shipped to Malaysia.
Team Manager Herve Poncharal commented on the damage to the shop, “this is a major natural occurrence, but we are fortunate this has not happened at a busier time of year,” he said. “Although we have many things to prepare, it shouldn’t affect us too badly.”
Neighbors have been kind enough to pitch in and to help Tech3 personnel remove the remaining water and mud, as they try to get the facility back in working order.
Elsewhere, the inclement weather has left two people dead so far, one person missing and several others without electricity and water.