Misano MotoGP: Rossi gets penalty point for Lorenzo incident

Valentino Rossi has been handed a penalty point for his incident with Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying for the San Marino Grand Prix at Misano

Misano MotoGP: Rossi gets penalty point for Lorenzo incident

Lorenzo claimed pole position but showed his frustration with Rossi at the end of the session, complaining that he had been impeded on his third and final attempt at a flying lap when he could have set an even faster time.

Rossi has had a penalty point added to his record by race direction, "because he was riding slowly close to the racing line, therefore disturbing another rider on a fast lap."

Riders accumulating four or more points over one year are handed grid penalties, up to a race ban for receiving 10 points.

Lorenzo played down the incident with Rossi later on Saturday, explaining that any time gained on his final lap compared to his actual pole position time would have been minimal.

"I said before that I thought I was faster but finally I saw on the replay that I was one tenth slower," he said.

"Because I made a mistake in the previous lap with the throttle in the last corner, maybe I could improve in this sector a little bit, but in the end, I could probably have equalled the laptime or improved very small.

"Vale was there but he said sorry afterwards so it's OK. It happens."

Championship leader Rossi, who will start the race from third behind Marc Marquez, said: "I'm sorry, it was my mistake.

"I looked at the screen to see if I had time to do another lap.

"I saw that Jorge was behind me but I thought that he was a little bit further [behind], so I tried to escape from the line but unfortunately I gave him some problems.

"I'm happy that he's on the pole position so nothing changed.

"It was a mistake, I already said sorry but I didn't see him."

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