Hayfield’s Christian Iddon has released a statement responding to claims that he intentionally injured fellow rider Sylvain Barrier during round nine in Laguna Seca earlier this month.
The Frenchman’s coming-together with Iddon saw him slide into the pitwall and break a heel as the two racers collided.
After hearing unsavoury allegations in the media during the aftermath of the incident, Iddon has now chosen to respond.
The Team Bimota Alstare rider’s statement said: “I had hoped to not to need to comment on the crash of Sylvain Barrier in Laguna Seca and have so far stayed quiet.
“However, following recent escalating and extreme allegations as well as poor behaviour from other parties involved, I feel I now must respond.
“The ‘incident’ between Sylvain Barrier and myself at Laguna Seca was nothing more than a racing incident.
“Had it been anything more than that Race Direction would have been involved and they have not.
“Sylvain had tried to pass me into the final corner and ran extremely wide.
“I was able to accelerate well with a good line - unlike Sylvain who lost all acceleration and tried to cut my line by continuing to turn left after the exit of the turn.
“Our paths crossed and I was very lucky not to crash (even a piece was broken from my boot) when he collided with me.
“Unfortunately Sylvain fell from his machine.
“Picture evidence also shows that I gave more than ample room on the exit of the turn and was almost in the middle of the circuit, and ahead, at the point of contact.
“Despite this, I still deem it to simply be a racing incident.
“Sylvain is a hugely talented racer and it is a great shame that this behaviour and these comments have occurred.
“Despite all of this, I do of course still wish Sylvain a full and speedy recovery.”
Iddon now has a lengthy wait until round ten in Jerez, Spain, which takes place on September 7 after a two-month gap.