Bautista: ‘Neither of us is to blame’

bautista crash reaction
Sunday, 2 June 2013

Alvaro Bautista agreed with MotoGP™ Race Direction that neither he nor Valentino Rossi could be blamed for their first-lap crash in the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM.

The GO&FUN Honda Gresini and Yamaha Factory Racing riders made contact between Luco and Poggio Secco, sending both into the barriers at the third corner.

“There is not much I can say, really,” Bautista commented upon his return to the paddock. “Unfortunately, in Turn 3 I made contact with Valentino and we both crashed out of a race that was very important for both of us.

“Valentino and I have watched the incident back together in Race Direction 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. I was on the inside and it is very difficult to see a rider on the outside from there.

“He was taking a slightly different line and that's why we came together. It's a shame because I felt good on the bike and it's a positive result. These things happen but we have to forget about it and try to think about the next race.”

Not only was the race the home event of Rossi, but also that of Bautista’s Gresini team.

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