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Mugello MotoGP: Rossi, Bautista clash declared 'racing incident'

2 June 2013

MotoGP Race Direction has announced that no further action will be taken following Sunday's collision between Valentino Rossi and Alvaro Bautista, on the opening lap of the Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

After mid-pack starts, Rossi and Bautista tangled during the flowing left-right chicane that forms turns two and three.

Home hero Rossi rode around the outside of Bautista through the left-hander and was almost a bike length ahead by the exit.

However the Spaniard seemed unaware of Rossi's presence and the pair clashed as Bautista turned his Gresini Honda across the track for the approaching right-hand corner.

Bautista fell instantly, further suggesting he had been surprised by the contact, while the clash also sent Rossi spearing off the track.

The sliding Bautista scrubbed off most of his speed prior to meeting the tyre wall, which was surrounded by a protective barrier, but Rossi remained upright until halfway across the gravel trap and was flipped into the air by the impact.

Both riders were able to walk away.

A statement from the FIM read: “Regarding the incident between Valentino Rossi (ITA) and Alvaro Bautista (ESP) in the MotoGP race of Mugello on 2 June. The Race Direction has reviewed the incident and held a hearing with both riders where all available evidence was reviewed. Based on this evidence the Race Direction decision is that it was a racing incident and no further action will be taken.”

The incident marked the first time that either rider had failed to finish a race this season.

Rossi's factory Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo won the race.


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