Marlboro Ducati’s Valentino Rossi has taken a pragmatic attitude to the crash that cost him a potential podium in today’s Motegi MotoGP race saying that Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo had clearly not seen him and that it was simply a racing incident.
In an outing that was packed with crashes and ride-through penalties, Rossi says he could have got on the podium had he kept his nose clean and taken advantage of the misfortunes that befell Casey Stoner, Marco Simoncelli and Andrea Dovizioso.
“It’s really a shame to be out of the race after two corners, especially after the progress that we made this weekend, and with the knowledge that we’d worked on the bike well. I was fourth in the morning warm-up, and it would have been possible to have a pace in the high 1:46 range. I also think our choice of tyres for the race—hard on the back and soft on the front—was correct," said The Doctor.
"When you also consider the troubles that Stoner, Simoncelli and Dovizioso had, we could have fought for the podium, which would have been really nice for us. We were a little unlucky. Unfortunately, Lorenzo went onto the grass slightly in Turn 1, and in the next turn he moved suddenly to get his trajectory right. He didn’t see me because I was slightly behind. When he touched me, it pushed me into Spies, who touched my front brake lever. It was normal racing contact, but I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"Anyway, we did a good job this weekend, and we were more competitive than usual. It’s a challenging time for us, but we hope we’re on the right path.”