Rossi “didn’t understand” why he crashed in MotoGP French GP
Valentino Rossi "didn't understand" why he crashed on the first lap of the MotoGP Grand Prix in France and described his third consecutive non-finish as a "great shame".
The Yamaha rider started from 10th place and was in the middle of the field on the first lap of the Le Mans race on Sunday on the way to the Dunlop chicane when the rear of his M1 spun on him.
His fall forced Yamaha teammates Maverick Vinales, Suzuki's Joan Mir and Aprilia's Aleix Espargaro to avoid action and run through the chicane while Rossi was unable to rejoin.
It was his third DNF in three races after falling from second place in the Catalonia GP and retiring from the Emilia Romagna GP at Misano after an early crash.
"I'm very sad that it's a bad thing to crash like that on the first corner," said Rossi.
"I got off to a good start and I was in pretty good shape after the [opening] corner.
"In the first corner on the left we all entered very calmly because the conditions were very difficult due to the cold.
"I also entered very slowly but it started behind me and we honestly didn't understand what happened.
"It's a time when I'm also pretty unhappy, I have to say, because I haven't even managed to collect a point in the last three races, although my performance wasn't bad because I've always been pretty competitive in practice."
Rossi wasn't the only rider to suffer a crash that left them perplexed as Suzuki's Alex Rins fell from second place on lap 20.
Rins had come from 16th on the grid with the middle rear tire, unlike the soft used by the leaders, and was on the podium on lap 11.
After Rins finished second on lap 19 when Pramac's Jack Miller's bike expired, he had a "completely unexpected" fall in the Dunlop chicane on the following tour.
"It was a shame; it was a great race even before the crash," said the Suzuki rider.
"It was difficult for the tires to warm up, it was difficult, but we did well, I gained several positions and we moved forward.
"I had a good feeling with the front tire, we fought a lot with [Andrea] Dovizioso and Miller.
"[Danilo] Petrucci escaped, and when Miller's engine broke, I went forward and caught Petrux [just] as I fell.
"I drove well and braked immediately, it was completely unexpected."
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