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Aoyama: “Petrucci tried to pass me but he hit me”

Aoyama: “Petrucci tried to pass me but he hit me”

Repsol Honda’s Hiroshi Aoyama unfortunately crashed out of the #ArgentinaGP at the very last corner after contact with Danilo Petrucci.

Aoyama dropped back at the start from 15th to 22nd on the first lap and gradually progressed through the pack to reach 14th by lap twenty-one. In the final five laps, Hiroshi continued to fight and was up to 11th on the last lap when he was hit in the final turn by Petrucci and unfortunately crashed out of the race also.

Race direction reviewed both incidents immediately and docked a penalty point from Petrucci but considered the contact between Marc and Rossi a racing incident.

Hiroshi Aoyama:
“I didn’t get the best start as the start procedure seemed to happen very fast and caught me slightly off guard, so I didn’t get off the line immediately. I lost some positions and had many riders in front of me so I had to fight hard and managed to progress from 22nd position to 11th on the last lap. Unfortunately in the last corner on the final lap, Petrucci tried to pass me but he hit me forcing me to lose the front and I crashed. It was disappointing to end the race in this way. Also, with the incident involving Marc, it’s not been a good weekend for the Repsol Honda Team and I’m very sorry for all the team. Race control penalised Petrucci with a penalty point, so it’s good that they acknowledged the incident, but anyway it doesn’t affect our result.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, RAC, Hiroshi Aoyama, Repsol Honda Team

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