Sequence of the crash between Simoncelli and Lorenzo
TROUBLE appears to be following Marco Simoncelli as he found himself at the heart of another controversial MotoGP crash, this time involving championship contender and vocal critic Jorge Lorenzo.
Arguably cold tyres are a joint culprit for the resulting highside that collected Lorenzo in the first left-hander on the Assen circuit. The crash occured after Simoncelli made a clean dive to take the second position from the factory Yamaha rider, however coming on the gas the hairy Italian was flung out of the seat as Lorenzo became an innocent victim and colliding with the Gresini Honda.
Both riders rejoined the field, Lorenzo, a candidate for the ride of the weekend, angrily fought his way from the back of the field and overcoming huge gaps to cross the flag in sixth position. Likewise Simoncelli, with a ragged Honda RC212V, was able to bump-start the bike and make his own way through the riders to finish eighth.
In what was a weekend to forget for the pole-sitter of the Dutch TT, Marco admitted that he was completely responsible for the crash and was apologetic to the reigning champion: “In this race you can’t put it all down to bad luck, but the truth is that I was very naive."
From his perspective, "It was the first left hander, the asphalt was cold and, although I don’t think that I went in too hard to get past Lorenzo, I felt that I couldn’t hold back because I was third and close to the front two. There was time though, and I could have waited. I am unhappy to have caught Lorenzo up in my crash and can only apologise to him.
"The only consolation, small as it is, is that I was able to pick the bike up and finish the race and put down some good times –despite having parts and pegs missing from the bike and the back of my helmet digging in. It is another bad experience for me and I am going to try and bear it in mind, without losing focus and motivation.” finished 'Super-Sic'.
Lorenzo delievered an inspiring performance cutting through the pack, although falling further behind Casey Stoner in standings he said: “Of course Simoncelli doesn’t want to throw me off the track, that wasn’t his intention but I think he is not very conscious about the risks in this class with these tyres.
"I thought he learnt from the past and the polemic he created with Dani but it’s clear he hasn’t learnt. The good thing is that we finished in sixth and took some points. I was fast with a good pace. The championship is now more difficult so we have to go all out to win races and go fast."
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 13:35
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 14:56
"he is too aggressive and should be removed from motogp"
WHAT!?. You sir, are a silly arse.
Remember how oftern casey stoner wrecked that lcr honda a few years back.
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 15:25
Too aggressive........bollocks,they are racing not playing tiddly winks!!!
It was a mistake...big deal
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 16:19
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 20:38
Stoner used to chuck it down the road all the time, Lorenzo also and he was aggresive with his overtakes. And many great riders beforhand.
Racing's racing and Simoncelli isn't there to make friends he's hungry for a win!
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 20:43
Posted: 27/06/2011 at 20:46
It's that old saying: give me someone who can ride fast and teach them to stay on over someone who is slow and get them to go fast. It's always the way. Yes Stoner crashed the LCR Honda a few times but his displayes made it plainly obvious that he could ride fast.
But alas, people have been raving that GP is boring. They're wrong, but that was one very boring race. Again, Sideshow Bob provides the entertainment. Shame it was on the first lap. Sideshow is the second best rider this year. He's on it, if he can just stay on it, he's all good.
Posted: 28/06/2011 at 00:27
LOL sideshow Bob, great name for him so far this season.
I like Marco, I just wish he could stay on the damn thing from start to finish. At the moment he's greener'n grass, but so fast.
But fast qualifying laps do not make a MotoGP racer.
I must admit though if he's going to take someone out, then I'm happy it's Lorenzo.
Phillip T: Lorenzo would not even have a MotoGP career if officials did the same thing when he was starting out. He didn't get the nickname 'frequent flyer' for nothing.
Posted: 28/06/2011 at 08:04
Phil T. Mobus is right, you are a silly arse.
Marco REALLY has to learn control!!! He knows it, I think / hope that he's finally learned his lesson, and will just wait a little...having said that...Mugello + Italian hungry for first win = possibly more of the same this weekend. I bet Dani is thinking FFS. Why do I have to come back this round...LOL
Good on Marco for the apology. And, for the record, WHAT a ride by Jorge, love him or hate him, you gotta admit that was a ride worthy of a world champion.
Posted: 28/06/2011 at 11:15
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