A fan trying to take a selfie was barged out of the way by a scooter-mounted Valentino Rossi in the Valencia paddock and after the video went viral, the fan decided to press charges against the Italian rider.
Rossi, who finished 4th at the final race of the season in Valencia, was quick to apologize and explain the difficulties of navigating a very busy paddock. He said,
“I apologise to the lady, but as I’ve said before, it’s getting impossible to live in the paddock. And especially at tracks like Cheste [Valencia].
Here there are so many people around me, and a lot of them chase me to take photos while others try to steal my hat. In those circumstances they have to understand that things like this happen.”
– Valentino Rossi
The fan involved in the incident isn’t quite as nonplussed as the rider and upon looking at the footage herself, has decided to press charges against Rossi. She said,
“If it had not been intentional I would have accepted the apology, but after watching the video I’m going to press charges because it was not only a kick, but he also hit me with his elbow and he did it on purpose. And you can’t tolerate that.”
The implications of this might be bad for paddock access in the future. The charge is for deliberate assault, the evidence put forward being the footage above.