A day earlier than usual, with the Dutch TT traditionally taking place on Satuday, Álvaro again shared his thoughts about the latest Grand Prix weekend in his column for the Spanish newspaper AS and of course the one and only topic had to be his first corner crash which also took out Jorge Lorenzo and the penalty he received from race direction for the incident.
Below you can find the complete translation.*
I am very frustrated with everything that has happened in Assen. I made a mistake and apologized for it, but I don’t understand that Jorge Lorenzo wanted a penalty for me and that Race Direction agreed with him, because I believe that, as we all could see, it was an unfortunate race incident.
Very frustrated. Hello friends! Luckily I could distract myself this Sunday with such an important match for our national football team, because honestly I am more than frustrated about what happened in Assen. I’m not going to explain the situation again, because I think it’s been repeated several times and clearly it’s been a race incident like many others. It’s not easy for people to recognize their mistakes, but not me. When I make a mistake, I admit it and try to learn from it to not make it again. This time unfortunately my mistake also hurt another rider. I admitted to it and asked forgiveness for it. But it seems that was not enough and Lorenzo and his team called on Race Direction to give me a penalty. We went there to explain what happened and Jorge demanded that “like a five-year-old child” I should be penalized with a ban of at least one or two races. How many times have there been crashes of riders in the first corner that took out someone else? How many penalties have there been for that? In fact, I’ve been taken out a few times at the start and I didn’t file a complaint about it, it’s another incident. There’ve been similar situations like this one and there hasn’t even been a simple warning.
Precedence. Some riders have been punished with a race ban for the next round, like in the case of Lorenzo, but more than the incident itself, the reason was repetition, because it wasn’t the first time. For me, in ten years in the world championship, it’s been the first time I’ve been called to Race Direction… well, no. It’s the second time, because the first time was in Mugello 2007, when Lorenzo wanted a penalty for me where they ruled in my favour and nothing happened. Nevertheless it’s the first time that because of my mistake another rider crashed. If you remember, as some said, last year in Valencia the crash at the end of the straight wasn’t my fault. I went down when Dovizioso’s rear wheel touched my front wheel and with the bad luck that three other riders crashed. Another race incident. Maybe Jorge doesn’t remember Australia 2009? He pushed Hayden off track at the start and what happened? Nothing. Lorenzo apologized and that was it, no sanction, no warning, no nothing. And of course Hayden didn’t file a complaint, it was a race incident. This is a risky sport, nobody wants anything to happen, but sometimes it does.
Excessive. I found it embarrassing when I was told that the penalty was to start from last position at the next Grand Prix (it’s too much because I consider it a race incident) and moreover Jorge was disapproving and insisted on not letting me race, because he said they were very lenient. I know that when you make a mistake you have to pay for it, but this penalty is excessive. I respect it, but I disagree with it. In moments like these I remember the way they used to score points before, when from all the results during the year the two worst ones were discarded, so when something happened to you in the race and you didn’t score points, it’d be striked off the list. I think it rewarded the fastest riders more, not the most regular. As the name suggests, it’s the Mundial de Velocidad [the world championship, it literally means “World Championship of Speed” – ed.] The system wouldn’t be bad… That way, both Jorge and I would have a result to strike off.
Looking forward. I don’t want to talk about that topic anymore, because it’s in the past and the best is to focus on the present and the future. And fortunately the future, the next race, is close. This weekend we’ll race at the Sachsenring. To describe it for you, it’s like a karting track. Very short and twisty, almost without any time to go straight. I will go there even more eager to keep improving my feeling and that it’ll be converted into good results. Although it will be difficult, because this is the worst track to start from last position, but as always I’ll give my best to finish as far ahead as possible. And as many people have written to me on Twitter, I won’t be starting last, because behind me will be all my fans, pushing me on from home. A million thanks to all of you!
*Please note: Translations by nature are never 100% accurate as certain uses of language and especially plays on words can include more meaning or be more specific than the English phrasing we use. Subsequently the translations offered here can only deliver a (very close) approximation of the original text and are not exact quotes. In this particular blog this counts specifically for the use of “vergonzoso” (shameful, embarrassing, humiliating, etc).