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MotoGP, Bezzecchi: “I hit my back pretty bad. Martin? He didn’t apologize.”

“I feel bad because I wanted to finish the GP and get ready for tomorrow, but that’s how it went. The line between racing and going a little too far is thin.”

MotoGP: Bezzecchi: “I hit my back pretty bad. Martin? He didn’t apologize.”

by Chiara Rainis                     

Disappointed and bitter, Marco Bezzecchi showed up in the press room at the end of the Red Bull Ring Sprint Race with very little desire to speak, and he clearly explained why. “I wanted to do my race and, instead,  I was knocked down after three hundred meters.”

As the innocent party of the crash at the first turn, the Ducati rider didn’t feel like giving his point of view on the domino-effect accident triggered by the contact between Martin and Quartararo.

At first, I didn’t understand what had happened. But, then, after seeing the images, I understood. Expressing an opinion is useless though. What the riders say is useless,” he said in a stinging manner, before reiterating the concept of the missed opportunity. “I feel sad, because I wanted to finish the GP and get ready for tomorrow, but that’s how it went.

Between the lines, however, he did criticize his brand mate. “The first corner is insidious, and that’s why there are different ways to approach it, even if you’re on the first lap.

When he was asked if Jorge apologized for causing the group crash, Bez said he hadn’t, nor was Race Direction called immediately after the race. “I didn’t receive any call,” he said. “I think it’s wrong to decide later. You have to do it during the event. If they then decided not to give the penalty, that means they think it was the right thing to do.” Jorge actually then did receive the penalty.

Besides knowing whose fault it was, the impact with the asphalt was definitely not painless, to the extent that it affected the expectations for Sunday’s race. “We’ll see how I’ll feel physically, because I hit my back pretty bad on two places. On the right, I touched Vinales’ handlebar and, on the left, I hit the ground hard. Unfortunately, the collision with Maverick also led me to hit Zarco, and I did a kind of front flip there,” he explained, adding that he did visit the Medical Center, where no fracture was found.

Marco tried to analyze those moments. “I was outside and couldn’t see anyone inside. I tried to close, but I immediately felt the blow. Allow more space at the start? In the end, it is a competition, so that’s not possible, although the line between competing and going a little too far is thin.”

He vented again for not having brought home anything but a good dose of regret. “If I had been faster in qualifying, I might not have ended up with ninety in this situation, but I pushed too hard and made several mistakes. On my first tire, I ended up on the grass, then there was a yellow flag, so I changed tires and ended up on the grass again. In the last time attack, on the other hand, I wasn’t as incisive as Friday.”

 

Translated by Leila Myftija

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