MARLBORO CATALAN GRAND PRIX, CATALUNYA
Race Day, Sunday June 17, 2001
MARLBORO YAMAHA TEAM STATEMENT
Following an incident that took place between Marlboro Yamaha Team rider Max Biaggi and race-winner Valentino Rossi (Honda) and his representatives, MotoGP Race Direction met with both riders and their respective team management for a formal hearing. The results of the hearing will be made public in an FIM press release.
Commenting on the incident, Marlboro Yamaha Team managing director Mr Lin Jarvis said:
"There was an incident on the very cramped staircase leading up to the TV interview room and podium. There were a lot of people in a very cramped space and a small misunderstanding got out of hand. We have had a very constructive discussion with Race Direction, the Nastro Azzurro Honda team, Max and Valentino. All parties regret that the incident occurred. Both the riders and the teams have made a commitment to keep the well-documented rivalry between Valentino and Max within acceptable, sporting parameters.
"I hope that today will be remembered for the superb racing and not this unfortunate incident. The Championship is still wide open and we look forward to seeing the action solely on the track for the remainder of the year."