Cycling: Motorcycling-Rins slams Nakagami, MotoGP stewards after breaking wrist in Catalunya crash

BARCELONA (Reuters) – Alex Rins blasted Takaaki Nakagami and the MotoGP stewards after a collision in the opening lap of Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix ended the race for each riders in addition to Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.

As the group headed into flip one, Nakagami misplaced his steadiness and fell off his bike, with the Japanese rider’s helmet clipping Bagnaia’s rear wheel whereas his LCR Honda bike took out Rins’ Suzuki, launching him into the air on the nook.

Both Nakagami and Rins had been taken to the hospital for additional checks. Nakagami complained of ache in his shoulder however he had no severe head accidents or damaged bones however Suzuki confirmed Rins had a wrist fracture.

“Sincerely, initially I hope that Taka is okay as a result of I noticed him in the hospital with the face (trying) very dangerous. But he can not go (on) like this, he can not journey like this,” Rins informed reporters.

“You by no means need {that a} rival will get injured, however he was over the restrict in that motion. This is the very first thing I need to say. But the second is, it is unacceptable. We can not go like this, the Race Direction.

“The stewards make zero sense by saying ‘no additional motion’ will occur in the race… For certain they demonstrated in the present day … (that they) are usually not on the stage of (coping with) MotoGP (races). In the tip, his bike touched me and I flew so badly.”

Rins’s feedback come every week after he was concerned in one other crash with Nakagami in Mugello the place he had criticised the stewards for not penalising the Japanese rider.

Suzuki mentioned Rins would bear additional assessments and checks earlier than taking a name on whether or not the Spaniard would race on the German Grand Prix in two weeks.

“For certain I’m injured now, we’re racing at 350 km/hr, this isn’t a sport,” Rins added. “As I say, they (stewards) are usually not on the stage… they confirmed that in the present day.

“No additional motion? First of all Taka crossed the observe a bit aggressively. If there have been some riders near him, for certain he’ll contact them. The second one is he braked so late and he misplaced the entrance, it is apparent.

“Forgetting concerning the incident in Mugello, in the present day I’m injured. One rider took away possibilities for me to combat for the championship, but additionally Pecco (Bagnaia). Pecco was there combating for the championship and I believe not anymore this 12 months.”

(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)

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