MotoGP » Rossi: Bautista 'closed the line, but I was in front'

“Bautista opened the throttle to close the line, but I was already in front” – Valentino Rossi.

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Draven - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 4:12 AM

clearley a racing incident,
if anyone who rides a motorbike on track days knows when you are leaning off the bike you cant see the other side untill you popup, which is what happend with Alvro,

in saying that Bautista was at fault, he caused the crash which took Rossi out, but thats the way it goes,
if he was going for an unrealistic pass and took hiim out that would be different story.


June 03, 2013 5:07 AM
Last Edited 1066 days ago

Before I'm accused of being a Rossie fanboy, I'll start by saying I've been a staunch Stoner supporter for years and I despise the yellow brigade.

That being said, I'm going to respond to some of the wacky interpretations of the accident between Rossi and AB. Some of these wacky interpretations range from "it's Rossi's fault" to "it was a racing incident". When one racer torpedos another, as AB did to Rossi, it's not a "racing incedent" - it's brainless racing.

Rossi and AB collided between the connected left and right handers. These corners form a switchback - in between the corners, you have to switch from one side to the other. In this case, the switchback is in the form of a recovery from the right to setting up to the left for the entry of the second corner of the switchback series of corners. In this particular case, the switchback required is about 1-2 metres of right to left movement, dependng on how the first corner is taken.

On the exit of the first corner AB's front...


June 03, 2013 5:08 AM


On the exit of the first corner AB's front wheel was behind Rossi's rear wheel. Rossi ran slightly wider than the ideal and AB was able to gas it earlier than Rossi. AB was able to get his machine all the way along side Rossi's. Unfortunately, he put himself plum inside Rossi's switchback zone, which was simply stupid riding. But that is not what caused the accident. Rossi didn't even have time to execute his switchback because AB didn't just ride into Rossi's switchback zone, he rode right through it and into the side of Rossi just as Rossi was about to shift to the left to setup his entry to the second portion of the switchback.

Besides the milliseconds prior to the contact, there was no way for Rossi to see AB, particularly given that Rossi would have been looking ahead and to his right. Rossi did nothing wrong and he had no way to avoid this. The only person who could have avoided this is AB by neither riding into or through Rossi's switchback zone.

meatlovers - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 5:48 AM

rossi is already ahead of bautista b4 that accident
there's nothing rossi could do to prevent the contact

while bautista could go abit wider to avoid the contact

its racing accident
but i should say its bautista mistake not to give more space to others

the key to avoid the accident is in bautista hands

VF - Unregistered

June 03, 2013 7:08 AM

I invite everyone who has a motogp video pass to look again the video of the crash.specially at the 46,47,48,49 second.Bautista did see Rossi clearly,even in his interview when explaining the accident with his hands(left for him,and right for Rossi)he shows that Rossi was in front of the video Rossi was almost a full bike in front of him.where bautista is a danger,and should be punished by race direction is that he cut Rossi's line to stop rossi's overtake.bautista could stay in his line right behind iannone and chose to go on like this in the turn to avoid any crash.but he chose to change line and cut Rossi's(even with his hands he mimes it in motogp interview).his mouth says something but he is betrayed by his gesture.

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