Alvaro Bautista says he is fortunate to have escaped injury following a spectacular high-side during first free practice for the Grand Prix of Italy in Mugello, the Spaniard blaming his crash on Karel Abraham.

Bautista, who comes to Mugello following a return to the MotoGP podium last time out at Le Mans, says Abraham was cruising at a dangerous point towards the end of the FP1 session, forcing him to lean his GO&FUN Gresini Honda too much before it snapped from his control.

Sending both himself and the bike barrelling into the barriers, Bautista says he will 'have to talk again' about the accident with the Czech rider.

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"I definitely could get a better lap time, because I was improving in every sector before the crash: we are a bit disappointed for what happened, because Abraham was proceeding slowly in a dangerous point; I've been forced to lean the bike a lot to avoid to touch him and as a result I lost grip and I crashed. Luckily I have no injuries, but it could have been worst. We'll have to talk again about this topic."

Despite the abrupt end to the session, which left him ninth on the timesheets, Bautista was nonetheless pleased with his pace around a circuit he has struggled at in the past.

"This morning I immediately felt comfortable on the bike: we tried different solutions on the rear, looking for a better grip, but overall I'm happy because I managed to keep a good pace.

"Over the past two years here at Mugello I have always struggled, but this year I have a good feeling, more or less as it happened in Le Mans two weeks ago; this means that the changes we tried during the post-race test at Jerez work also here, and that is really encouraging.

"In the afternoon the track conditions didn't allow to do any work on the bike and I completed only a few laps to make sure everything was working on the bike with which I had the crash in the morning."

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I think Bautista gets more flack than he deserves. Sure he's made a few bone-headed mistakes, but he's not inherently reckless, imo. I partially blame his equipment, though over-riding it is his fault. I credit him a lot for solely plugging away on the Showa/Nissin setup, and it looks like it may be finally paying off. I predict fewer crashes if that's the case.

Jeez, hasn't Alvaro CAUSED more crashes than everyone else combined over the past couple of seasons?
He has zero credibility to complain about the riding competency of anybody else on track.

seriously now what did he expect? As far as I understand he did not GET crashed...maybe that's his point?