MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi crashed while chasing for the lead in the Japanese Grand Prix on lap seven. The Italian lost the front end of his bike at Turn 10.
With Rossi and Lorenzo crashing out of the race, Marc Marquez went on to win the race and clinched the MotoGP title. Rossi said he is not certain what caused the crash.
Rossi explained, "I didn't feel nothing. Usually, when you crash, you feel something the moment before. But for me, it was a big surprise. I was pushing because I was trying to catch Marc. I didn't want to catch him that lap - in fact, I didn't do anything crazy, and the splits and the lap time was very similar to the lap before.
"For sure, I was pushing, I didn't want him to escape, but I arrived there and I wasn't wide, I wasn't too fast."
Earlier in the season at Austin, Rossi has another front-end crash. But, he insisted that the Motegi front-end wash away was very different.
"In Austin, I entered [Turn 2] too tight and I had the bump. But in Austin, I felt the moment before. Here even before realizing the moment, I was already in the gravel. It was a shame because we were strong. I think, in reality, it would be difficult to beat Marc but I could stay with him, I could fight with him."
Rossi also explained how he felt after the crash, "Well, time passed [since the crash] - we had a long meeting, we tried to be concentrated, to work well on the next season, but we have three races, three great tracks that I like, and we have to fight for second place with [teammate Jorge] Lorenzo.
"Maybe this night I will be angrier. I was okay, I was concentrated, I felt good. The shame is that I didn't feel nothing, I didn't expect but it's like this."