Espargaro reveals visit from race director over Rossi run-in

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Espargaro reveals visit from race director over Rossi run-in
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Co-author: Oriol Puigdemont
Sep 9, 2016, 3:27 PM

Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro says he received a visit from MotoGP race director Mike Webb over his San Marino GP FP2 run-in with Yamaha's Valentino Rossi.

Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Aleix Espargaro, Team Suzuki MotoGP
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing
Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

Rossi was seen gesticulating angrily at Espargaro in the early minutes of second practice, the Yamaha rider convinced the Spaniard impeded him on a flying lap.

And after the session, the Suzuki man was subsequently approached by Webb, who told him to "be more aware".

"He [Webb] came to the pits and he told me to be more aware, and I asked him if they checked the video," Espargaro recounted.

"He said "yes, you were not in the middle [of the track], you didn't disturb him'. And he said to me 'but anyway, be more aware'.

"I said 'I will not be more aware, I didn't disturb him'. I repeated three times 'you checked the video, did I disturb him', he told me 'no'."

Speaking in Spanish, Espargaro also made a dig at Rossi, saying: "Valentino seemed a little nervous, which is all well and good - but if he is nervous, he should have some tea, because I did not bother him."

Rossi: "Not the first time" Espargaro impedes me

Asked about his spat with Espargaro, Rossi said he was frustrated by the Spaniard impeding him being a repeat occurrence.

"It's not the first time because it happened exactly the same also in Austria," Rossi said.

"I push and I ride behind the two Suzukis and both riders see me, [Maverick] Vinales and Espargaro.

"Vinales slows down but Espargaro remain on the line and I don't know why.

"After I say to him, I say to him what to do, and he says to me 'f*** you'."

Additional reporting by Matteo Nugnes

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