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Bautista: It won’t happen again, but penalty 'excessive'
3 July 2012
Alvaro Bautista has pledged not to repeat his turn one error at Assen, but insists his back-of-the-grid penalty for this weekend's German round is 'excessive'.
The San Carlo Honda Gresini rider missed his braking point for turn one of the Dutch TT, then fell and took out World Championship leader Jorge Lorenzo.
Lorenzo, although accepting Bautista's apology, felt he should have been handed a one-race ban for such a 'crazy move'. Bautista meanwhile feels his punishment is too severe for a 'racing incident'.
“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,” he began. “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.
“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.”
Gresini Honda appealed the penalty given by Race Direction, but the verdict was confirmed by the FIM Stewards.
Looking on the bright side, team principal Fausto Gresini said that practice will be more relaxed for Bautista this weekend.
“Practice for Alvaro at Sachsenring will be more relaxed. We have accepted the penalty and we will start from the back of the grid but we'll try and get the best possible result before heading to our home race at Mugello,” he said.
Bautista, who took his first MotoGP pole at the previous Silverstone round, is eighth in the championship, but just three points from sixth place Valentino Rossi.
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