Alvaro Bautista apologises for crash with Jorge Lorenzo at Assen

Alvaro Bautista has apologised to Jorge Lorenzo and said he deeply regrets taking the MotoGP championship leader out of the Dutch TT at the first corner

Alvaro Bautista apologises for crash with Jorge Lorenzo at Assen

Bautista crashed his Gresini Honda as he tried to make up ground from eighth on the Assen grid, and took Lorenzo's Yamaha off the road with him. Race direction ruled that Bautista will have to start last at the Sachsenring next weekend as a penalty.

"Unfortunately, when I followed [Andrea] Dovizioso's wheel I lost my braking point and hit the brakes far too late," Bautista admitted. "I tried to slow the bike down, but lost grip on the front and low-sided.

"I am very disappointed, even more so because I took out Lorenzo in the process and that was the last thing that I wanted to happen. It was my fault that he crashed out and I apologise profusely to him for that. I hope that nothing similar ever happens again.

"I also apologise to my team, because they worked so hard this week, only to miss out on what could have been a great result due to this mistake."

Team boss Fausto Gresini said he was frustrated, but understood that it was a simple mistake.

"Alvaro really didn't mean it. I am very unhappy, because the crash caught the world championship leader, Lorenzo, up in it," Gresini said.

"We are sad that it turned out this way and Alvaro has of course said that it was not intentional.

"He was trying to gain places but he lost his braking reference and hit the brakes too hard when the tyres were not up to temperature."

shares
comments
Cal Crutchlow frustrated to miss out on podium after Assen first corner incident

Previous article

Cal Crutchlow frustrated to miss out on podium after Assen first corner incident

Next article

Stoner says Honda still has not fixed its chatter issues despite winning in Assen

Stoner says Honda still has not fixed its chatter issues despite winning in Assen
Load comments
Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP Plus

Why Quartararo’s Catalunya suit penalty highlights a wider issue in MotoGP

OPINION: Fabio Quartararo racing with his leather suit open and subsequent penalty has been the main talking point of the Catalunya MotoGP weekend, which has highlighted a wider issue with MotoGP’s stewarding that risks a negative precedent going forward

MotoGP
Jun 8, 2021
How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya Plus

How MotoGP’s “beast” tamers bounced back at Catalunya

The expectation on KTM to replicate its winning form from 2020 this season made its difficult start to the new MotoGP campaign even more disappointing. But a key update has seen KTM's fortunes reversed over the last week and returned it to the top step of the podium in Barcelona

MotoGP
Jun 7, 2021
The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement Plus

The signs that point to Rossi's MotoGP retirement

It's not been a happy start to 2021 for Valentino Rossi at the Petronas SRT satellite squad, with performances that are a shadow of the rider that utterly dominated MotoGP at the start of the new millennium. At the age of 42, how much longer can he go on?

MotoGP
May 19, 2021
Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's Plus

Why the most significant Le Mans MotoGP performance wasn't Miller's

Hot on the heels of his first MotoGP win in five years, Jack Miller made it two from two with a commanding French Grand Prix victory at Le Mans despite two long-lap penalties. Impressive though it was, it was an expectation-defying performance from an anticipated title rival that was the real standout

MotoGP
May 17, 2021
The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike Plus

The impossible problem Honda faces with its 2021 MotoGP bike

Honda hasn’t enjoyed an easy start to the 2021 MotoGP campaign, despite gains last season which looked to have carried over into the pre-season. Now admitting it does have issues in serious need of resolving, it faces an almost impossible task in doing so

MotoGP
May 11, 2021
How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem Plus

How Jerez underlined MotoGP's speed problem

The brutal nature of a series of crashes at Jerez has reopened the debate about whether current MotoGP speeds are beyond the safety limits of the tracks. But even if riders are supportive of the move, getting the manufacturers to find a consensus on how speed reductions should be achieved may be altogether harder

MotoGP
May 4, 2021
How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption Plus

How a Crutchlow helped Miller to Jerez MotoGP redemption

Jack Miller’s tough start to life as a factory Ducati MotoGP rider left him mentally battered and bruised, but a pep talk and positive reinforcement from a surprising source aided the Australian to show his full potential with victory at the Spanish Grand Prix

MotoGP
May 3, 2021
What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best? Plus

What does Marc Marquez have to do to get back to his best?

Following his resounding MotoGP return with a seventh place finish in Portugal, Marc Marquez now must work to rediscover his best form before turning his attention towards results-based targets

MotoGP
Apr 20, 2021