Nine-time world champion and home favourite Valentino Rossi had an Italian MotoGP to forget at Mugello this afternoon.
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Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
After a strong showing throughout the weekend and with a good race pace Rossi was in positive mood about his chances for the race but that all came to nothing within three corners. After a problem with his clutch on the start, Rossi lost track position in the run to San Donato and as the pack streamed up the hill and in to Luco the fan favourite came together with Gresini Honda rider Alvaro Bautista taking both riders off in to the airfencing at high speed, fortunately without injury.
The thousands of fans in yellow on both sides of the valley were robbed of what was possibly the Italian hero’s best chance of a podium so far this season but sadly saw him left in the gravel and pointless, languishing in 6th place in the title race.
A bitterly disappointed Rossi said afterwards “Unfortunately in the start I had a problem with the clutch spinning and I lost two or three positions. Then I was attacking because we had a good pace and I was fast. On the second corner I was on the outside already in front of Bautista. For me, from the inside he opened the throttle to close the line so he doesn’t lose another position but I was already in front so he came to me and took me on the boot. I was lucky because it was a bad crash and I arrived at the wall but I’m ok. We will try next week in Barcelona, but it is a pity because firstly it is Mugello and secondly I think we could have done a good race and maybe arrived on the podium.”