Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi’s celebration didn’t pan out as smooth as their podium-clinching rides on Sunday, crashing into each other after crossing the line.
The Sky Racing Team VR46 pair finished second and third behind winner Enea Bastianin in Andalusia’s MotoGP 2 race, seeing an all-Italian podium for the first time since 1998.
Bezzecchi’s excitement at the achievement spilled over as they rolled around the track, flying in too hot for a high-five with his team-mate and sending the pair down.
One for the blooper reel between @Luca_Marini_97 and @Marco12_B! 😂😂😂@SkyRacingTeam aren’t having much luck with celebrations today! 🤦♂️#Moto2 | #AndaluciaGP 🏁 pic.twitter.com/ykiYgk84Rf
Both men jumped up and embraced after the spill, unharmed but embarrassed by the incident and able to toast a historic achievement.
Their team boss, the great Valentino Rossi, waited to greet the team-mates as they rolled back to the paddock, seen embracing Marini before teasing him about the crash.
The 41-year-old was victorious the last time Italy locked out the top three, 22 years back when the iconic rider was aged just 19.
Rossi got on the podium himself later on Sunday, with the veteran finishing third at the Circuito de Jerez behind winner Fabio Quartararo after an intense battle.
The Andalucia GP was the second of 13 races in a reduced calendar that was originally scheduled to start in March. Seven races have been scheduled to be run in Spain.