Valentino Rossi was frustrated with himself after a “stupid mistake” led to him crashing out of the Dutch TT at Assen on Sunday.
To add insult to injury, Rossi took the lead after the race restarted following a red flag for worsening conditions, but he only lasted three laps before falling and being forced to retire.
Rossi’s retirement at Assen paved the way for Honda’s Jack Miller to claim his first MotoGP victory, while Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez came in second, extending his lead over Rossi on the MotoGP standings to 42 points.
“It is a great shame, because today we had a chance to claim a good result and take some important points for the championship,” he told reporters. “In the dry I had a good pace, and things weren’t so bad in the rain.
“I think it was right to red flag the race because there was too much water and it began to get very dangerous. The bike started to aquaplane a lot and you couldn’t see anything behind another bike.
“I made a mistake as I was going too fast. I pushed too hard. It was too much. It was a stupid mistake unfortunately and I’m very sorry, especially for the team, because today we could have won.”
Despite being disappointment with the way in which his Assen campaign concluded, Rossi lauded Miller for keeping his composure to become the first non-factory rider to win a MotoGP race in a decade.
“Jack’s victory is the only good thing to come from today because we have a good relationship,” he said. “I like him a lot. I love it when he drinks from the boot [on podium]!
“I’m very happy for him. He deserves it after the injury at the beginning of the year. He is a great guy and I think he has a lot of talent.”