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McWilliams and Pitt give their versions of the first lap melee at Catalunya

McWilliams and Pitt give their versions of the first lap melee at Catalunya

McWilliams and Pitt give their versions of the first lap melee at Catalunya

Jeremy McWilliams and Andrew Pitt have both given their versions of the first lap chaos which saw both riders crash into the gravel along with Akira Yanagawa on the first lap of yesterday´s race at the Circuit de Catalunya. The crash happened when Pitt attempted an inside pass on McWilliams but collided into the British rider, who in turn smashed into the Japanese wildcard as they all tumbled into the dirt. Yanagawa came off worst, suffering from concussion and suspected broken ribs, and McWilliams was left fuming about the incident, laying the blame squarely on the shoulders of the Australian.

`What was that all about?´ asked McWilliams, who was starting his 150th Grand Prix. `The race is 45 minutes long, and I got hit before we´d even finished the first lap. I asked Pitt afterwards if he thought he was going to win the race in the first lap from the back row of the grid but to be honest my main concern was for his team-mate, who didn´t look too well. If I´d have qualified 14th or 15th it probably wouldn´t have happened, but you tend to get the more dangerous riders at the back of the grid. I´m okay, but really disappointed. All we wanted was to get to the finish, and Nobu (Aoki) did that. But it could have been two Protons. This sort of thing shouldn´t happen at this level.´

Pitt admitted he was at fault, as he desperately looked to make progress from the very back of the starting grid. `I feel sorry for Akira, as he was the innocent victim today and it was probably my fault that both he and Jeremy McWilliams crashed. I passed a couple of guys through turn one and then thought I could get up the inside of Jezza, but got into the turn too hot. We touched, which forced us both to sit up and run wide, taking Akira with us unfortunately. I´m okay, but obviously I´m disappointed at what happened.´

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MotoGP, 2003

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