BARCELONA (Reuters) – Alex Rins has blasted Takaaki Nakagami and the MotoGP stewards after a collision on the first lap of Sunday’s Catalunya Grand Prix ended the race for both riders as well as Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia.
As the group headed into turn one, Nakagami lost his balance and fell off his bike, the Japanese rider’s helmet clipping Bagnaia’s rear wheel as his LCR Honda bike knocked out Rins’ Suzuki, propelling him in the air at the corner.
Nakagami and Rins were taken to the hospital for further checks. Nakagami complained of shoulder pain but he had no serious head injuries or broken bones, but Suzuki confirmed that Rins had a broken wrist.
“Sincerely, first of all, I hope Taka is fine because I saw him in the hospital with a very bad face. But he can’t go on like this, he can’t ride like this”, Rins told reporters.
“You never want a rival to get injured, but he was over the limit in that action. That’s the first thing I want to say. But the second is, it’s unacceptable. We can’t do like that, the Race Direction.
“The Stewards make no sense saying ‘there will be no more action’ in the race… They certainly demonstrated today… (that they) are not at the level of (managing) the MotoGP (races) end, his bike touched me and I flew so badly.”
Rins’ comments come a week after he was involved in another accident with Nakagami at Mugello where he criticized the stewards for not penalizing the Japanese driver.
Suzuki said Rins would undergo further assessments and checks before taking a call to find out whether the Spaniard would race in the German Grand Prix in two weeks.
“For sure I’m injured now, we’re running at 350 km/h, it’s not a game,” added Rins. “As I said, they (the stewards) are not up to the level…they showed it today.
“More action? First Taka crossed the track a bit aggressively. If there were riders close to him, for sure he will hit them. The second is that he braked if late and that he lost the front, that’s obvious.
“Forgetting the Mugello incident, today I am injured. A rider took away my chances of fighting for the championship, but also Pecco (Bagnaia). Pecco was there for the championship and I don’t think this year anymore.
(Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)