LONDON - Alvaro Bautista will start the German MotoGP from the back of the grid as punishment for colliding with Jorge Lorenzo during Saturday's Dutch Grand Prix at Assen, race stewards announced. Bautista slid into his fellow Spaniard's Yamaha on the first corner of the first lap, causing both bikes and riders to end up in the gravel and out of the race.
"I think it's a complete disaster," he told the official MotoGP website (www.motogp.com). The move he did was a disaster, but the decision that race direction is taking is even more sad. Every time it does not penalise riders so they can learn in the future. Starting the next race in last position is not enough to learn from."
Earlier, Stoner ran away with the Dutch TT on Saturday to go level with Yamaha's Lorenzo at the top of the MotoGP championship after the Spaniard was taken out at the first corner. Stoner's Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa, who led for the first 10 of the 26 laps, made it a works Honda one-two finish at the Assen circuit with Italian Andrea Dovizioso third for the Tech3 Yamaha team.
Lorenzo, who had started the day 25 points clear of world champion Stoner and was favourite to win, had his bike swept from under him when Spain's Alvaro Bautista lost control of his Gresini Honda and slid into him. Both Lorenzo and Stoner now have 140 points, with the Spaniard leading on race wins going into the eighth round at Germany's Sachsenring circuit next weekend.
Stoner's win, after securing pole position on Friday following a heavy practice crash, was his first since he announced in May that he would be retiring at the end of the season. "We don't want to take back points in the championship with another rider crashing," Stoner told reporters. "It's very unfortunate for him. I think today we rode pretty well.
We had a very tough weekend, the injuries have been pretty heavy," added the Australian, who took painkillers before the race.
"I still didn't have any strength in my right leg but my shoulders and everything felt a lot better and they were able to compensate for me in the rest of the track." Lorenzo's American team mate Ben Spies was fourth with Britain's Cal Crutchlow finishing fifth after almost getting caught in the starting accident on the second Tech3 Yamaha.
Driver Country/Team Pts
Jorge Lorenzo ESP/Yamaha 140
Casey Stoner AUS/Honda 140
Dani Pedrosa ESP/Honda 121
Cal Crutchlow GBR/Yamaha 77
Andrea Dovizioso ITA/Yamaha 76
Valentino Rossi ITA/Ducati 61
Nicky Hayden USA/Ducati 59
Alvaro Bautista ESP/Honda 58
Stefan Bradl GER/Honda 51
Ben Spies USA/Yamaha 48
Hector Barbera ESP/Ducati 46