The German rider was left watching on the sidelines after suffering an injury to his left hand in his fall during the opening free practice session on Friday - a fall that came about when he was hit at the top of the corkscrew by rookie Guintoli.

Speaking to the official MotoGP website, www.motogp.com, Hofmann admitted he wasn't impressed by Guintoli's riding and also said he wasn't too happy with comments suggesting that the incident had given Chaz Davies his 'big chance' in MotoGP, with the Briton having been called into the Pramac D'Antin Ducati line-up as a replacement.

"Sylvain should know better," Hofmann, who now faces five weeks on the sidelines, admitted. "He is a MotoGP rider and has to know that a move like the one he did in practice is unacceptable. Maybe you'd do it in a race, but in practice you should be turning your brain on and not off. I'm only lucky that I didn't put my hand in the gravel, because then it would have been a lot worse.

"Another thing I am annoyed about is people saying that Chaz Davies has received a good chance. This isn't a good opportunity, which for me would be giving the kid a three day test. He is a replacement rider, so it's not a great chance like people say. This is nothing personal about Chaz."

With Hofmann watching on, Guintoli finished the race in 13th place, while Davies came home 16th after a broken sprocket forced him into an unscheduled pit stop.