Having unsurprisingly cancelled his media commitments due to Sunday's Aragon MotoGP accident, Movistar Yamaha has released the following interview with Valentino Rossi.

Rossi underwent precautionary scans in hospital after suffering 'concussion with a suspected loss of consciousness' when he fell heavily on lap 4 of the grand prix.

The Italian ran wide in a downhill section while pushing Dani Pedrosa for third, being thrown from his M1 when he crossed slippery artificial grass placed between the track and asphalt run-off area.

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The seven time MotoGP champion underwent a further medical check with Dr. Michele Zasa from the Clinica Mobile this morning, after which he answered the following questions...

Valentino, how are you today?

Valentino Rossi:
"I'm fine, everything is ok, and this is the most important thing. I did not injure myself too much except for a big bump to the head. Last night I had a little headache but today I'm fine, I'm 100%. It was a real shame because before the race we made a change that would have helped me a lot; the bike was strong, I was going well, I had recovered the gap in the first few laps and I was there with the leading riders. I felt good and I am sure I could have made a good race, so it was a real shame to fall. In a way I'm almost glad because even though we had a difficult weekend on Sunday we were competitive and this was supposed to be a track that is not very good for us."

Have you watched the race? What can you say about your crash and about your rivals' race?

Valentino Rossi:
"Unfortunately, like Iannone [who had a big accident on lap 2] I went onto the artificial grass. This is always very dangerous and especially in these cases because the track was still wet from the morning shower and there was nothing to be done. Marc and Dani tried to stay on track on the slick tyres but they took a big risk and in fact they crashed. In my case, if I had gone off track one metre before, I would have just gone wide, instead I touched the grass and I fell."

We have a triple back-to-back ahead of us in Asia and Australia. How do you see the coming races?

Valentino Rossi:
"Now there are three races in a row, three races that are all beautiful and I know all tracks very well. I like all of them a lot. I will try to do my best as we have done in the last races."

Rossi is now three points behind Pedrosa and just twelve ahead of Sunday's race winner Jorge Lorenzo in the fight for second in the world championship.


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MotoMarc: Don't know the exact rules but if a racer crosses beyond the painted curb/corner lines and runs across by making a straight line through the turn then I think they can be penalized as that would give them an advantage over other riders using the proper lines through a turn. But I'm sure that is up to the officials to recognize then properly enforce. [\blockquote]

But can you imagine how hard that would be to implement or how difficult to spot amongst a freight train of close riders? Was he 2mm over the edge of the track or 1mm inside? That is why I suggest some proximity tec. with rider feedback. Something like that must exist somewhere.

Another non tech alternative would be to have a slight drop off track (a small kerb say an inch or two) at the corners which then meets the level of the track on the straight. Why? Well the idea being if you go off track you will not crash but will definately be noticed as being "off track" as it will be irrefutable. And you

There must be some technology that can be used rather than astroturf which is simply very dangerous.

Cut a small groove at the edge of the track and line it with something that can 'speak' to a transponder on the bike. Each bike has a transponder mid belly pan and 3 lights on the dash that relate to the proximity of the transponder to the trackside installation. The lights indicate proximity to track edge: Close, Closer, Too far (Off Track).

I'm sure the racer's brain can link the lights to the bike position and also know that hitting the final light will result in some form oftime penalty.

Roofusruffcut: There's a simple solution to the slippery artificial grass.
Stay ON the track [\blockquote]

Really now how simple...

There's another simple solution to the slippery artificial grass.
Remove it e.g replace it.

Rossi was faster than Pedrosa and misjudged the slow Honda. Wasn't able to turn in because there was simply no room to steer and was forced on this slippery plastic wannabe gras. Right...maybe Rossi was inexperienced and should stay of track is your next answer maybe?

Actually, ask Daijiro Kato if he should have stayed on track, and the edge of the wall was OK? Or maybe ask simoncelli whether the tricky bridgestone tyres with their crap warm-up-behavior were OK? Actually Suzuka is now off the calender and Bridgestone redid their engineering They didn't say, "shouldvestayedontrack" or " firstwarmupyertires" You may disagree, but your not the one dying for no reason... rethink your "solutions" unless you're the one taking the risks...