Andrea Dovizioso and Ben Spies have revealed what happened on the final lap of Sunday's Aragon Grand Prix, which resulted in Dovizioso crashing out.
The pair were locked in a thrilling fight for fifth position throughout the closing stages, with Repsol Honda rider Dovizioso briefly overtaking star rookie Spies through the final turn at the end of the penultimate lap.
Spies fought straight back and re-passed Dovizioso into turn one. The circuit cameras then switched to the battle for third between Jorge Lorenzo and Nicky Hayden and the next time Dovizioso was seen, he was walking away from a crash.
So what happened? Well it turns out the pair passed each other several more times before Dovi hit the deck.
"The crash happened between turns 12 and 13," said Dovizioso. "Spies went in too deep and I tried to overtake him on the inside. That meant I was carrying a little bit more speed through the change of direction and as I flicked from left to right I highsided.
"During the battle with Spies we overtook each other three or four times in the last laps and it was fun, but the crash spoiled the day."
Spies also enjoyed the close combat, describing as the most fun he's had in MotoGP.
“I like racing like that and I told my crew that even if I'd finished sixth it would have been the funniest race of the year for me," said the double 2010 podium finisher. "Dovi and me started going at it with four laps to go and it was fun.
"I wish it didn't end with him crashing and I'm sure he's mad he fell down but we were having a blast. We kept it clean and close and he just made a small mistake on the last lap. I must admit I wasn't too far away from making one myself because it was getting pretty hectic.
"On the last lap I got him at turn one and then he got me back at turn eight. Going into turn 11 I passed him but got in deep and when we went back to turn 12 I was ahead of him but I didn't have the right line. So he had to go around me but unfortunately he fell and that's a shame because he rode great. I did too and for a while I was pulling back Nicky and Jorge but fifth is still a great result.
"I wasn't far behind Jorge and I beat Valentino and I was the top non-factory rider again. And the points are good for my championship, so I'm looking forward to this big final run of races with a lot of confidence."
Spies is now just seven points behind Dovizioso for fifth in the world championship.
“I am almost lost for words to describe the way Ben rode today," said Tech 3 team manager Herve Poncharal. " It wasn't his best result of the season but it is certainly one of the best feelings because he rode an incredible race. He was pushing on the limit for the whole race and to beat Dovizioso was really impressive.
"I think it was a fight that the fans really enjoyed. It was clear Andrea had a little bit of an advantage on top speed but some of Ben's braking moves were phenomenal and he was very brave. I am very happy with Ben and he is getting better and better and this race from him was stunning. He never gave up and showed unbelievable fighting spirit."
Spies will ride for the factory Yamaha team next season.