The culprit was Fortuna Honda's Toni Elias, who misjudged his braking point into the corner and hit Rossi's rear wheel, sending the Italian and his factory M1 sliding into the gravel.racerboy88 said:rossi got bumped from behind.
"We knew this was going to be a difficult race but maybe not so difficult!" said Rossi, who had been battling chatter problems for much of the weekend and qualified just ninth on the grid. "I saw Toni come up on the inside and he hit me; this is racing and these things happen.
"I have known Toni for many years and he is a good rider. He apologised to me after the race so I told him not to worry – only to remember to brake next time and if it is too late then to hit another bike instead of me!
"Anyway I came back on the track and had a nice battle with Alex Hofmann. I am disappointed because I wanted to win the first race of the season but there is nothing we can do now. Only work hard to make sure we don't have these problems again and look forward to the next race in Qatar," he concluded.
JHinds said:rough times for rossi...3rd corner of the 1st lap of the 1st race. That's some entertaining shit though, I couldn't help but hop on the bike and take a rip the second that race was over.