MotoGP San Marino: Rossi/Lorenzo in post-race verbal spat

'He didn't need to do this overtaking, he was better than me today and he would pass me sooner or later, but he didn't need to be so aggressive on me' - Jorge Lorenzo

MotoGP San Marino: Rossi/Lorenzo in post-race verbal spat

MOVISTAR Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo became involved in an awkward verbal clash at Misano, with reigning world champion Lorenzo accusing the Italian of riding too aggressively. 

Rossi made a strong pass on Lorenzo on the brakes to take the lead on lap two in San Marino, causing the Spaniard to sit up. A clearly irked Lorenzo, who was loudly booed on the podium by Rossi's fervent fans after finishing third behind race winner Dani Pedrosa and runner-up Rossi, said the move almost caused him to crash. 

Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa made a similar hard overtake on Rossi later in the race to take the lead and The Doctor said he had no issues with the manoeuvre, stating: 'This is racing when you try for the victory at the end'. 

Asked for his view on his overtake on Lorenzo, Rossi said: “Like I said before on the other side with Pedrosa, overtaking here at Misano is always a bit difficult, but I want to try from the beginning because I want to try to modify something because in Mugello, I was behind Lorenzo and it bring me unlucky with the broken engine, so this time I want to try to stay in front.” 

Lorenzo was also asked for his opinion on the pass and the conversation between the pair unfolded as follows: 

Lorenzo: “Well if you ask this question maybe it is because the move is aggressive because if not, then you don't ask this question. You can have different opinions: my opinion was that the overtaking was maybe too aggressive; he didn't need to make this overtaking, but you know this is his style. Other riders overtake more clean… [Rossi laughs]. 

Lorenzo: “It is true – you don't know?” 

Rossi: “No, no, no. Try to look another time at the overtake on the television.” 

Lorenzo: “If I don't pull up straight the bike, we crash – I crash. Maybe you don't crash, but I crash for sure.” 

Rossi: “This is not true. I don't know what I have to say – Marquez overtake 10 times like this at Silverstone. What you say like this is not true.” 

Lorenzo: “It is my opinion, my opinion.” 

Rossi: “Also you overtake always aggressive, also to me.” 

Lorenzo: “When? This is my opinion, also Race Direction will have another opinion. For me, if I don't pull up the bike straight I crash. Anyway he didn't need to do this overtaking, he was better than me today and he would pass me sooner or later, but he didn't need to be so aggressive on me. He will have another opinion.” 

Rossi: “Anyway, I do not agree.” 

Rossi's runner-up finish saw him close the gap at the top of the championship to 43 points on Marquez, with Lorenzo in third, now 61 points behind the Honda rider and 18 back on Rossi. 

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I've seen much much worse overtakes over the years, a lot from Rossi actually hahaha

BubbaDaytona's picture

The internet VR46 fanboys would point to another Spanish conspiracy.
BTW, everyone behind Pedrosa was the loser. Rossi is just desperate given he's been beaten the last six races, still has less wins that Lorenzo, and now has less career poles than Lorenzo, despite a longer career in MotoGP. So watch out for more kicking and shoving.

dirty tricks were never going to be in vogue. you must play by the rules. they remember this at every time they prepare their next dissertation or thesis. they are professionals, so be educated to them

fluke's picture

as the bygone greats used to say, " if it ain't rubbin, it ain't racing". George wouldn't have lasted 5 minutes in the late 80's early 90's. Never mins though, after a couple of years falling off the Duc he will fade into obscurity as no top flight team will want such a poor sportsman on their team.

Bradl-ey's picture

Lorenzo is absolutely impossible to like. I adore his riding style, but as a person he is just the worst. Arrogant when he wins, sour grapes for everything else.

Rossi and Lorenzo had averbal night because of an aggressive turn. This news was also present on in the sports section. The aggressive movie could have cases both of them cost us our lives.

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