Bautista gives assurance Assen crash ‘won’t happen again’

Bautista will start from the back of the grid on Sunday
Bautista will start from the back of the grid on Sunday Picture: Bonnie Lane

San Carlo Honda’s Alvaro Bautista has given his assurance the crash that wiped out MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo at Assen will not happen again.

The Spanish star missed his braking marker going into Haarbocht at the Dutch track, lost the front and skittled the works Yamaha man, pushing Cal Crutchlow wide into the bargain, but he says he is happy there were no serious injuries.

“I was really unhappy with the crash in the first turn at Assen because we had done a great job in practice and I think we had the setting to have a great race. I made a mistake in calculating my braking marker and I braked so hard trying not to hit anybody that I lost the front and ended up taking another rider with me anyway," said Bautista.

"It is the first time this has happened to me and I was sorry that another rider was also involved and unable to finish the race, losing important championship points. Luckily there were no serious consequences in terms of injuries and I am certain of one thing: it won’t happen again. I am sorry for the team, who always give 100% and more and they deserved better but unfortunately this is all part of life.

"At Sachsenring we’ll be starting from the back of the grid and as I have already said I think it is an excessive penalty for a racing incident and whilst I accept it I do so reluctantly. Our objective has to be to continue working in the same way as up to now and try to pick up as many points as we can in the race. Sachsenring is a short and difficult circuit with no major straights. There are a lot of left-handers and that gets demanding over race distance."

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