Valentino Rossi says first-lap crash with Bautista a racing incident

Valentino Rossi believes his first-lap crash with Alvaro Bautista in his home MotoGP race at Mugello was ultimately a racing incident

Valentino Rossi says first-lap crash with Bautista a racing incident

The Italian had lost ground from his third-row grid slot and found himself alongside Bautista, on the outside line, heading into Turn 3, Poggia Secco.

Bautista had surged around the outside of the previous left-hander, and as he came across for a better line into Poggia Secco he and Rossi made contact.

Both men were flung into the tyre barrier as a result, retiring after just two corners of the grand prix.

Rossi said Bautista had moved across into him, but accepted that the move was accidental rather than overly-aggressive.

"I was on outside of Alvaro, and I think Alvaro opened the throttle a bit to close the line so he didn't lose position, but I was already in front so he just came to me," Rossi explained.

"He says he didn't see me - that's possible.

"It's a pity because it's Mugello. We [could have done] a good race because we have a good pace, [and the] morning [warm-up] was not so bad.

"I could have fought for a good result but it's like this, its racing."

Bautista said he had been unaware Rossi was alongside him in what he dubbed a 'strange' crash.

"I just did the first chicane, the left corner and when I changed direction I just found Valentino's bike and crashed," he said.

"It was very strange because I didn't see him, I just felt his bike hitting me."

The crash was investigated and both riders were called to race direction, but it was deemed a racing incident.

"Valentino and I have watched the incident back together in Race Direction," Bautista added, "and it was just a racing incident that leaves us both with a bitter taste in the mouth, but neither of us is to blame."

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Author Sam Tremayne
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