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While Rossi and Lorenzo may have drawn head­lines in re­cent weeks for their in­ter-team ri­valry, it was Pra­mac Rac­ing’s Scott Red­ding and Danilo Petrucci who in­stead went to war in Sun­day’s race.

It was a dif­fi­cult week­end for both rid­ers, strug­gling with rear grip and wheel­spin is­sues. But their race was to come to an end much sooner than ex­pected, when a col­li­sion be­tween the duo on the sec­ond lap saw Red­ding in the gravel and Petrucci pe­nalised with a ride-through penalty – an er­ror the Ital­ian blamed on a tech­ni­cal fail­ure.

Petrucci said: “On the first lap, I tried to brake hard but my bike didn’t stop be­cause there was no en­gine brak­ing. When I tried to pass Scott, I went along­side him and we didn’t touch very hard, but he went wide, touched the kerb and crashed. The crash wasn’t my fault, but it was my fault that he went wide. If I hadn’t gone in­side him he wouldn’t have gone wide.”

How­ever, his team-mate was quick to lash out af­ter­wards, cit­ing pre­vi­ous reck­less be­hav­iour from Petrucci this year that saw Eu­gene Laverty suf­fer a sim­i­lar fate at the Red Bull Ring.

Red­ding said: “The is­sue was his f**king brain. I’m dis­ap­pointed, be­cause be­ing team-mates nor­mally I give a 10% mar­gin, but it wasn’t the first time in the race he’d hit me. On the first lap he’d al­ready had me at turn seven, and I knew he was go­ing to come at me strong. I held out as long as I could, then boom!

“I’m pissed off my own team-mate took me out. You can say that’s rac­ing, but it’s not the first time he’s done it this year. I lost a full race of in­for­ma­tion that I re­ally needed af­ter Sil­ver­stone and Misano. That frus­trated me, and the fact that again I ended up rid­ing around at the back try­ing to find the mo­ti­va­tion to con­tinue with a bro­ken bike.”

The level of com­pe­ti­tion be­tween Red­ding and Petrucci has reached new heights fol­low­ing a deal that each rider has done with the team. Both have signed up an agree­ment that will see the best per­former over the sec­ond half of the sea­son get a Gp17-spec Du­cati for next sea­son while the other rider will race a GP16. But de­spite fail­ing to score any points at Aragon, it seems Red­ding’s hopes of se­cur­ing the cov­eted GP17 ride for next sea­son re­main in­tact.

Speak­ing to MCN, Pra­mac Du­cati team boss Francesco Guidotti told MCN af­ter the race that there may be reper­cus­sions be­yond a mere ride-through penalty for Petrucci.

“It was not a good day for our team,” said Guidotti. “It was a mis­take by Danilo that in­volved his team-mate and in this case I think the fairest thing is to count the po­si­tion of Scott on the first lap when he went out of the track. Scott was ninth so this is eight points and Danilo gets zero. This is my idea and I will make this de­ci­sion with Du­cati.

“If the rid­ers are not able to man­age the sit­u­a­tion as team-mates then we will make the de­ci­sion for them. Since the be­gin­ning I’ve told them that the points are im­por­tant but equally their be­hav­iour on the track is also im­por­tant.”

‘I wasn’t the first time in the race he’d hit me – he’d al­ready had me on the first lap!’ SCOTT RED­DING

Red­ding re­mounted af­ter his crash to fin­ish in 19th place

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