Marco Melandri believes Jorge Lorenzo's victory celebration at Le Mans, where the Spaniard sat and ate popcorn on a chair in front of one of the big TV screens, was actually a dig at team-mate Valentino Rossi.
“Lorenzo's celebration was serious stuff, with a subtle yet biting message that only some will pick up on. Did you get it? Let's take a look at it together,” Melandri wrote on his official website marcomelandri.it, with his words subsequently translated into English by Italian website GPone.com.
“When I rode by on the cool down lap, I saw Lorenzo sitting in front of the video screen and my first thought was: 'He is enjoying the sight of his own victory.' But noooooo!!!
“Taking a closer look at it, you start to see more: the chair was yellow... like Valentino's yellow... which would say: "I, Lorenzo, am taking your place on your yellow chair."
“Am I sitting down with the popcorn to enjoy my spectacular victory??? "No, I am sitting here watching you cross the finish line, because I already passed it..."
Melandri also blasted Rossi for his response to the celebration and comment about the one-tyre rule.
“Valentino's statement: "I did it ten years ago"... Weak... followed by: "Now, with spec tyres, the rider can't make such a difference." This is down to the fact that they don't make tyres anymore just for him,” wrote Melandri.
“This statement is meant to say that maybe Michelin, in 2004, had more than a small hand in the results. More like an arm.
“I don't want to say that anyone is right or wrong, but only put forth my theory that aliens don't exist,” added the San Carlo Honda Gresini rider, referring to the label applied to MotoGP's present big four of Rossi, Lorenzo, Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.
And Melandri wasn't finished yet. He also gave his opinion on Rossi's 2011 plans and thinks it is simply too dangerous for Rossi to leave Yamaha if Lorenzo stays.
“I really want to see Valentino on the Ducati next year, but I think it is more likely he would go to Formula 1!” he wrote. “Not because the red bikes aren't competitive; I actually think they are much more competitive than you think. It is just hard for him to leave Lorenzo alone on the Yamaha, now that the bike has an incredible balance. It is too, too, too large a risk."
The Italian Grand Prix, the home event for both 2005 title runner-up Melandri and reigning seven time MotoGP champion, starts on Friday.
“In Italy they have a unique way of presenting bike racing to the general public: when Valentino wins and stages a celebration, it is an incredible show. But when others do it, they downplay the whole thing... hmmm!!!” said Melandri.
Melandri took his best finish of the season with sixth at Le Mans, having switched back from Ohlins to Showa suspension.