MotoGP » Lorenzo moves on, 'accepts Bautista apology'

Jorge Lorenzo puts Bautista clash behind him, passed fit for this weekend's German MotoGP at Sachsenring

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AK - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:05 PM

@Percentage and everyone else blaming Bautista for the crash at Valencia 2011

Watch the start again and look carefully
Bautista got his front wheel clipped by Dovi - who was mopving across the track - and had no chance avoiding the crash

Watch and learn and put that one in the grave

At Le Mans Lorenzo tboned Dovi and but he did not complain. So lets move on now

bazza - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:06 PM

even after this little set back Lorenzo will still be champion. All the talk is of CS & VR while Jorge just keeps on putting in amazing performances. He is so smooth nobody even notices!
Casey looks good because he rides on the edge and Vale wont trouble Jorge unless he gets back on the Yamaha (I dont think he would be as good on the Honda).
JL & VR on M1's battling at the front will be saviour of moto gp! Bring it on!! (I hope)

King Kenny - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:09 PM

Lorenzo's crew chief, Ramon Forcada, gave his opinion in Twitter about the new engine issue. He said that he's often more interested in the spirit of the rules rather than the text itself, and that the engine limit was introduced for budgetary reasons. So in his opinion, it would be fair that Lorenzo got his engine replaced, because otherwise his season will be seriously compromised because of another rider's mistake. He also said that he'll accept whatever outcome, new engine or not, and won't make excuses but take it as a challenge. Finally, he said that even if Lorenzo doesn't get an engine, this rule should be revised so that in the future other riders won't find themselves in a similar situation.

I agree 100%.

M1M - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:13 PM

I tend to agree but then you could say that Ducati should've been allowed to change crankcases in order to fit the modified chassis as that too would've been in keeping with the spirit of the rules while technically breaking them. It opens a whole can of worms.


July 02, 2012 2:17 PM

Glad Jorge has calmed down now.It was not an intention of Alvaro to knock anyone off,it just happened and he appologised for it.Now draw a line under it and move on.There is plenty more racing to be done and Jorge needs to regain his focus quickly with Germany coming this weekend.

King Kenny - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:20 PM

Well, it's not the same thing. Ducati's changes come from their own doing, while Yamaha's engine comes from a mistake by a rider from another team. Forcada's point was that, as much as possible, a team should only have to pay for their own mistakes.

It does open a can of worms, I agree with you on that. If this was F1, it would never be allowed. MotoGP teams like to boast their sportsmanship and that they want to win on the track. It's time to show whether this more that just words or not. If this happened to Suzuki last season, everyone would allow them (they gave them more engines in 2011). If they don't give a new engine to Lorenzo is because they want to benefit from his misfortune, in the title fight. Simple as that.

I do hope that at least they revise the rule so this won't happen to any other rider in the future.

M1M - Unregistered

July 02, 2012 2:29 PM

I wasn't arguing that the situations were the same, only that if you start going by the spirit of the rules rather than sticking to the letter, then changing crankcases and/or cylinder head cover because of the need for different mounting points would not have violated the intention. Hopefully some revisions will be made in future to cover the circumstances that they hadn't foreseen. I wonder how much it really saves them too, given the amount of work required to last that long. It's also crippling the CRTs which are struggling to keep to 12 engines without rebuilds. People keep forgetting when comparing WSBK times that they are effectively using 3 times as many engines when you include practice and qualifying.

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