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Lorenzo, Simoncelli react to first-lap collision

"I thought he learnt from the past and the polemic he created with Dani [Pedrosa] but it's clear he hasn't" – Jorge Lorenzo.
Marco Simoncelli's nightmare run of race-day incidents continued at Assen on Saturday, when the Dutch TT pole sitter crashed after just a few turns, bringing down world champion Jorge Lorenzo.

Having lost out to Lorenzo and factory Yamaha team-mate Ben Spies through the first few turns, Simoncelli attempted to re-pass Lorenzo for second at the following hairpin.

The Italian made the initial move cleanly, but - as in Estoril - was caught out by his cold-rear tyre on the first left-hand turn of the track and highsided as he applied the power.

Simoncelli's bucking Honda then took down Lorenzo (see below for more pictures).

A livid Lorenzo rejoined to finish sixth, while Simoncelli - who struggled to restart his RC212V - climbed to ninth at the chequered flag.

Simoncelli - a top-two starter for the last five rounds - has now crashed in four of the seven races this year, and received a ride-through for a collision with Dani Pedrosa at another (Le Mans).

The former 250cc world champion had already been heavily criticised by some riders (including Lorenzo) for his aggressive style - but is popular with many fans for the same reason.

Unsurprisingly, Lorenzo was angry with the Assen incident, which means he has dropped from 18 to 28 points behind world championship leader Casey Stoner, who finished second to Spies on Saturday.

“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," said Lorenzo.

"I thought he learnt from the past and the polemic he created with Dani [Pedrosa] 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."

"It was a racing accident but pretty stupid," summed up Yamaha team manager Wilco Zeelenberg.

Simoncelli, still without a MotoGP podium, held his hands up for the error.




Related Pictures

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Simoncelli and Lorenzo crash, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo crash, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo crash, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Simoncelli and Lorenzo, Dutch MotoGP Race 2011
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016

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WiseMan - Unregistered

June 28, 2011 11:05 PM

Super Sic 58 is an awesome talent hands down, lorenzo is just running scared of Simoncelli because if he ever had to share the podium with him, he would simply be left too embarrassed of his midget frame. The race tracks are frequented by Simoncelli crashes, I concede, but when all riders are picking up on one rider simply because he is quick, then even a rider with a brain as cool as ice is bound to buckle up under pressure... If lorenzo's got a problem with Super Sic 58, then I reckon he should keep out of Simoncelli's way or have him arrested... lol Only an idiot who thinks racing is just for the riders and not the viewers, has no idea about riding quick n' brave and living on the edge, would suck up to lorenzo who has now begun to bring his 'Holier than Thou' attitude to the press conferences. And let's not forget, Simoncelli had to push start his Honda Gresini with a battered rear end himself, as opposed to lorenzo and yet managed an impressive 9th place finish.

lemmy - Unregistered

June 25, 2011 6:50 PM

It wasn't bad luck. It was a screw up. The same one he repeats in every race. He has taken out 2 of the top 3 riders this year (and Rossi took out the 3rd). If I were Mr. HRC I would have a warning for him that if he touches another Honda rider he will swap bikes with Hiro.



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