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Matthew Birt  says:

Alvaro Bautista explains Catalunya near miss with Valentino Rossi

Alvaro Bautista has defended himself against fierce criticism from Valentino Rossi after the pair came close to being involved in a controversial first lap collision for the second race in succession in Catalunya last Sunday. Gresini Honda rider Bautista crashed on the opening lap of his home race while attempting to pass Rossi’s factory Yamaha YZR-M1 for fifth position. But he lost...

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cossie748

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cossie748 says:

Go to moto2 Alvaro, you're riding isn't mature enough for the premier class. Aggressive overtakes are one thing but stupidity and desperation is quite another.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

both

riders are done in this class anyway,wasted rides imo.

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Stonered

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Stonered says:

Stick it to them Alvaro...everyone makes mistakes...and did in the same race....even the guy in 4th made a similar mistake. Yes you've royally cocked up last year...but that's history. All the top players have cocked up with the red mist at some stage or other...at least you're giving 100% and providing some talking points in what would have been just another processional race....

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

He

should have BANZAI on the arse of his leathers instead of his name.

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yzrm1

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yzrm1 says:

?????

it was a big big dissapointment for BAU. as we could all see he had de pace to win the race, and Jorge Dani Marq Rossi were holding him up big time if he had not crashed he would easely won that race by miles. HAHAHAHAHAHA, sure....... and the track was very diffenrent also, see al the other crash at the same time as BAU....

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wosihound

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wosihound says:

Red mist..

You can't blame a racer for trying but in Alvaro's case, the evidence against him having the intelligence to understand the old adage of "You can't win a race in the first lap..." is questionable.

All eyes will be on him next week at Assen, on the anniversary of his awful lunge at Lorenzo.

He couldn't have heaped more pressure on himself if he'd tried and it will be a test of character.

Gresini have been here before. I kind of like Bautista's natural happy demeanour and hope the paddock doesn't start ganging up on him like they did Simoncelli, wiping the smile from his face permanently.

What's done is done..let's hope the kid can pass this test and move on.

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bigbashbonanza

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Nice words Wosi

Brilliant statement and likewise I hope the paddock don't start chest poking him. He's a nice, cheerful chap and if he lost his smile, the paddock would be a darker place.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

gossip

"After Ducati shunned him in favour of Andrea Dovizioso for the 2013 MotoGP season, Cal Crutchlow was left with little other option but to remain with Herve Poncheral’s Tech 3 Yamaha squad. It’s turned out pretty well for the Brit so far, currently sitting 4th in the World Championship ahead of factory Yamaha counterpart and nine-time champion Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow’s qualifying performances have shown the 2009 World Supersport champion can be as fast over one lap, if not faster, than the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. With MotoGP as it is, it’s almost impossible for a non-factory rider to win a Grand Prix. A satellite rider hasn’t won a race since 2006 and while there may be a glimmer of hope that Crutchlow could change that this year, for him to consistently challenge at the front it’s likely he’ll need a factory bike. Crutchlow made it clear last year that what he wanted was a factory ride and if Yamaha weren’t prepared to give him one, he was fully prepared to leave. With rumours of Yamaha bringing Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro into the Tech 3 team for 2014 and Bradley Smith on a two-year deal it had started to look like the Coventry man could have no choice but to leave the Japanese manufacturer for next season. Rumours had placed Crutchlow with the return of Suzuki for 2014 although it was announced the other day that they wouldn’t make their return until a year later. Unless Crutchlow was to sign as a development rider, this rules out Suzuki as an option, for now at least. There may be a seat available at Ducati next year as Nicky Hayden’s contract is up at the end of this season and with Ducati starting to visibly improve perhaps this is a viable option for the Brit? However it is unknown how likely it is that Ducati will want to dispose of Nicky Hayden who has ridden with the team since 2009. Also unknown is whether Crutchlow would be willing to switch to the team he so publicly criticised after their handling of the negotiations last year. It had been rumoured that Ducati’s new German owner, Audi, were keen to get Stefan Bradl on board, although he’s struggled to perform so far this season with a plethora of crashes. This would mean the German’s factory-supported LCR Honda could be up for grabs, but if Crutchlow is looking to eventually find a full factory seat he could find the situation at Honda all too similar to the one he’s in at Yamaha and at the moment, the post-2014 future of Dani Pedrosa is looking more favourable than that of Valentino Rossi… Having taken only one podium since his return, there are vague whispers of Rossi retiring at the end of the year. Obviously if this were to happen there would be a direct path to the Factory Yamaha team for Crutchlow. However this is quite an unlikely scenario; the Italian made it clear last year he wanted to race in MotoGP for at least two more years, but more recently rumours have linked Rossi to a WSBK switch. Crutchlow has out-qualified Rossi at every round so far, beating him on track three times out of six and current form would suggest this pattern is set to continue. With the Pol Espargaro rumours quietening up recently, it could be the case that Yamaha are reconsidering their options given Crutchlow’s recent performance. He’ll certainly have Dorna on his side; a fast Brit in MotoGP is invaluable as history has shown. If you ask us, we think Crutchlow will be on a Yamaha again next season; they’d be stupid not to keep him." worthy of a read for any gp fan.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

gossip

"After Ducati shunned him in favour of Andrea Dovizioso for the 2013 MotoGP season, Cal Crutchlow was left with little other option but to remain with Herve Poncheral’s Tech 3 Yamaha squad. It’s turned out pretty well for the Brit so far, currently sitting 4th in the World Championship ahead of factory Yamaha counterpart and nine-time champion Valentino Rossi. Crutchlow’s qualifying performances have shown the 2009 World Supersport champion can be as fast over one lap, if not faster, than the likes of Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa. With MotoGP as it is, it’s almost impossible for a non-factory rider to win a Grand Prix. A satellite rider hasn’t won a race since 2006 and while there may be a glimmer of hope that Crutchlow could change that this year, for him to consistently challenge at the front it’s likely he’ll need a factory bike. Crutchlow made it clear last year that what he wanted was a factory ride and if Yamaha weren’t prepared to give him one, he was fully prepared to leave. With rumours of Yamaha bringing Moto2 rider Pol Espargaro into the Tech 3 team for 2014 and Bradley Smith on a two-year deal it had started to look like the Coventry man could have no choice but to leave the Japanese manufacturer for next season. Rumours had placed Crutchlow with the return of Suzuki for 2014 although it was announced the other day that they wouldn’t make their return until a year later. Unless Crutchlow was to sign as a development rider, this rules out Suzuki as an option, for now at least. There may be a seat available at Ducati next year as Nicky Hayden’s contract is up at the end of this season and with Ducati starting to visibly improve perhaps this is a viable option for the Brit? However it is unknown how likely it is that Ducati will want to dispose of Nicky Hayden who has ridden with the team since 2009. Also unknown is whether Crutchlow would be willing to switch to the team he so publicly criticised after their handling of the negotiations last year. It had been rumoured that Ducati’s new German owner, Audi, were keen to get Stefan Bradl on board, although he’s struggled to perform so far this season with a plethora of crashes. This would mean the German’s factory-supported LCR Honda could be up for grabs, but if Crutchlow is looking to eventually find a full factory seat he could find the situation at Honda all too similar to the one he’s in at Yamaha and at the moment, the post-2014 future of Dani Pedrosa is looking more favourable than that of Valentino Rossi… Having taken only one podium since his return, there are vague whispers of Rossi retiring at the end of the year. Obviously if this were to happen there would be a direct path to the Factory Yamaha team for Crutchlow. However this is quite an unlikely scenario; the Italian made it clear last year he wanted to race in MotoGP for at least two more years, but more recently rumours have linked Rossi to a WSBK switch. Crutchlow has out-qualified Rossi at every round so far, beating him on track three times out of six and current form would suggest this pattern is set to continue. With the Pol Espargaro rumours quietening up recently, it could be the case that Yamaha are reconsidering their options given Crutchlow’s recent performance. He’ll certainly have Dorna on his side; a fast Brit in MotoGP is invaluable as history has shown. If you ask us, we think Crutchlow will be on a Yamaha again next season; they’d be stupid not to keep him." worthy of a read for any gp fan.

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Nostrodamus

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Nostrodamus says:

The difference Wosi

Was a degree of malevolence in the stunts Simoncelli used to pull - least not on Bautista himself! AB just appears to get a little over excited a bit early, as you state.

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