‘Thankfully title was wrapped up’
Jorge Lorenzo was lucky to walk away unhurt after concluding his 2012 season with a massive high-side at the Valencia finale.
Racing Dani Pedrosa for the victory at the Spanish track, Lorenzo, who had made the correct call to start the 30-lap race on slick tyres, was ahead of the fast-approaching Honda rider when he came up behind backmarkers.
Attempting to lap them - but without the help of the blue flags - Lorenzo was forced to move off the dry line when he came up behind James Ellison as the CRT rider did not give him the line.
Losing grip on the slippery wet surface, the Spaniard had a tank-slapper that resulted in a massive high-side, sending him flying into the air.
"I came up to the slower riders and I'm not sure what happened, maybe the marshals didn't put up the blue flags quickly enough but I was losing some time stuck behind them," Lorenzo explained
"I was behind Ellison and he stayed on the racing line, I couldn't wait for another corner to overtake him as I was losing time.
"I overtook and made a mistake, outside the dry line and I had a big high side."
The Spaniard, though, conceded that the crash had done little damage - other than a few bruises - as he had already secured the title in Australia.
"I'm happy because we are World Champions and that is the most important thing. Maybe if we had arrived here without the title decided it could have been another story and I wouldn't be so happy."