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Rossi: "The error was mine"

MotoGP champ explains how it all happened at Mugello

VALENTINO ROSSI has said his recent accident at Mugello, in which the Italian broke his right leg, was his fault.

Speaking in an official interview with his Fiat Yamaha team, the Italian explains the events leading up to the 120mph crash:

"I had a new tyre and I'd done two laps, then I slowed down because I had Barbera behind me," said Rossi. "When I came back onto the racing line Pedrosa arrived and I didn't want to cause a problem for him so I moved again but then when I reopened the gas, it happened suddenly and unexpectedly.

"Seven seconds were enough to make the tyre drop temperature dramatically. The error was mine."

Rossi is expected to take up to six months out of MotoGP racing to allows the Italian's injuries time to heal properly. The nine-time World Champion confirmed he would not be racing to get back to racing, stating he'd chatted with F1 driver Mark Webber about his recovery. The Australian suffered similar injuries when he was involved in a cycling accident in 2008.

"I know I have a bike for next year and I don't need to rush my return to demonstrate anything," emphasised Rossi. "I could miss just four races but I still wouldn't come back to win the championship. It's better to be careful, finish the rehabilitation in the best way and come back to race for many more years.

"I've heard of many other sportsmen, a lot in fact, who have had the same problem as me. One example for everyone: Mark Webber called me and he has had an exposed fracture of the right leg. He told me to be very patient and that I would have some moments of discomfort, but that in the end recovery was guaranteed."

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