Valentino Rossi held his hands up and admitted he 'made a mistake' after impeding team-mate Jorge Lorenzo during final qualifying at Misano.

The 36-year-old received a penalty point on his record by Race Direction for 'riding slowly close to the racing line, therefore disturbing another rider on a fast lap'.

Riders toting up four points or more over the course of a year are hit with grid penalties and can be banned for accumulating more than 10 points.

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Lorenzo made his feelings known to Rossi as the Movistar Yamaha riders practiced their starts at the conclusion of Q2, but revealed the Italian had later apologised and said there was no issue.

Pole man Lorenzo initially believed he was on course to better his best lap until he lost some momentum after encountering Rossi on the racing line at the penultimate corner, but later conceded that he may have merely matched his time or gained a minimal improvement.

Speaking at the press conference on Saturday, Rossi joked: "Yes, I saw Jorge [on the TV screen] and tried to stay in his way to give him some problems! No, this is a joke.

"It was my mistake but I looked at the screen to understand how much seconds [were left], if I have time to do another lap.

"But I didn't see very well and I tried to push but on the screen before the hairpin I saw that Jorge was behind me, but I thought that he was a little bit more far, so I tried to escape from the line," he added.

"But unfortunately I give to him some problems, but I am happy anyway that he is in the pole position and nothing changed.

"It was a mistake and I already say sorry, but I didn't see."

Rossi made it onto the front row in third place with Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez sandwiched between the two factory Yamaha M1s.