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Suzuki unhappy Bautista couldn’t restart

Rizla Suzuki were forced to watch in frustration as Alvaro Bautista was prevented from taking part in the German MotoGP restart on Sunday.

Bautista and fellow Spanish rookie Aleix Espargaro were taken down in the immediate aftermath of Randy de Puniet's accident, having hit the Frenchman's stricken Honda.

Unlike de Puniet, Bautista and Espargaro (it seemed at the time, a cracked vertebra was later discovered) were relatively unhurt and keen to take part in the new race.

However, both were prevented from returning to the grid because they had not got back to the pits, with their bikes, within five minutes of the accident.

“After nine laps Randy crashed and I had some riders in front of me and I couldn't see where his bike was on the track, but when the other riders disappeared I saw the bike in front of me and I couldn't do anything to avoid it, so I crashed," said Bautista.

"I then couldn't get to the box with my bike, so I couldn't start again. The regulation is the regulation, but in this case maybe there could've been an exception because I crashed because of Randy not for something I had done. We must continue learning, like we have done this weekend, because at the moment this is the most important thing.”

The five minute rule is designed to prevent rider(s) who cause a red flag from taking part in the restart, but it clearly also punishes those caught up in someone else's accident.

Team manager Paul Denning hopes the red flag rules will now be looked at to ensure an already slim grid isn't made unnecessarily smaller.

"Alvaro had just set his fastest lap when the accident happened and whilst we respect the rule book completely, I would imagine there will be some careful discussion for the future, because with only 17 bikes on the grid it is definitely a problem for the show to have fit riders and good bikes sat in the pit after an incident like that when they should be out there racing," he said.

Bautista's team-mate Loris Capirossi finished eleventh.



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RawDawg

July 19, 2010 2:10 PM

"The five minute rule is designed to prevent rider(s) who cause a red flag from taking part in the restart" It was RDP who was laid across the track - so it was him who "caused" the red flag. Poor ol' Espargaro and Bautista were caught up in his spill. MotoGP has too few bikes/riders for someone in charge not to say "let them race". It was very disappointing that they were not allowed to restart.

anon - Unregistered

July 19, 2010 1:42 PM

Can't believe they weren't allowed out to race! It was obvious in an instant the rule was wrong, not the riders for trying to start. The regular grid is bad enough in terms of numbers, and what as waste of money for the teams. So frustrating to listen to the "rules are rules" arguments. Good race up front 'though.



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