Espargaro reveals visit from race director over Rossi run-in
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.
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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|Event||San Marino GP|
|Location||Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli|
|Drivers||Valentino Rossi Shop Now , Aleix Espargaro|
|Teams||Team Suzuki MotoGP , Yamaha Factory Racing|