Jorge Lorenzo doesn't think Alvaro Bautista's Sachsenring grid penalty is strong enough after the Gresini rider took him out at the start of yesterday's Dutch TT. Bautista lost control at turn one and slammed into Lorenzo, wiping him out and allowing race winner Casey Stoner to join him on 140 points at the head of the championship.
Bautista will start next weekend's German Grand Prix at the back of the grid for his part in the crash but Lorenzo feels tougher punishments need to be handed out to avoid riders getting injured in future.
“Well, today was a complete disaster, Alvaro’s move was crazy. I met him after the incident, he apologised and we shook hands but in my opinion this is not enough to justify the accident. When I made a mistake in Japan in 2005 I was penalized with a race. Race Direction told me that he will start from last position on the grid in Sachsenring but this is nothing. We hope that we will be lucky in the future that nothing will happen but if the riders are not penalized properly then they will continue to do crazy things like today. My leg is a big bruise, a big impact but nothing serious happened. Luckily for us we had a 25 point advantage or we would now be far behind. Now we are at zero with Casey so we begin again, the Championship is long so let's see what happens.”
Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg agreed with Lorenzo but isn't concerned about the damage to his championship hopes and expects to bounce back in Germany.
“A very stupid accident, a too early attack by Bautista resulting in a big mistake. Luckily Jorge is uninjured which is pretty much the only positive thing to take from the race. We lost 25 points so we start at zero again on equal points with Casey. Let's see how we can change that next week.”
Ben Spies did at least salvage some points for the team with fourth position but the American also left the Netherlands disappointed after losing the final podium position to Andrea Dovizioso.
“Today the bike was good, I struggled with some front grip in the beginning but was able to ride around it. I managed to stay past Dovi and ride at my own pace then about seven or eight laps from the end I was pushing to get away. A chunk came out of the tyre and then a second; I couldn't do anything about it. I was hoping Dovi would get past me as I was worried the tyre would explode and I didn't want to fall right in front of him. We've made some mistakes early in the year but the last two weekends we've had a bike to be on the podium but issues have prevented it. The bike and the team are working so well and I've been really comfortable on it so it's disappointing.”