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PIC: Lorenzo’s engine up in smoke

Huge smoke cloud after Assen accident prompts concerns over MotoGP title leader Jorge Lorenzo's engine.
Saturday's Assen accident could end up costing Jorge Lorenzo even more than the 25-points he conceded to title rival Casey Stoner.

Lorenzo and Stoner are now level on points after Lorenzo was wiped out by Alvaro Bautista at turn one of Saturday's race, while Stoner went on to victory.

But as Lorenzo's damaged bike lay in the gravel a huge cloud of smoke was emitted (pictured), prompting concerns that the engine will need to be replaced.

MotoGP limits each rider to six new engines throughout the season. The penalty of breaking the limit is a pit lane start with a 10 second delay, at the event where a new engine is first used.

Lorenzo has suggested he may be allowed to replace the damaged engine, since the accident was no fault of his own and Bautista has been punished by Race Direction, but there is nothing in the rule book to allow such a concession.



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billace - Unregistered

July 01, 2012 2:46 PM

Yamaha does not deserve a new engine. In the similar crash last year with Rossi and Stoner the Duc and the Honda had to be restarted becuase they sensed a crash and shut off automatically. Yamaha has the best electronics package yet they allow their engine to blow up while laying on its side in the kitty litter? That is their mistake, no question about it.

daynal - Unregistered

July 01, 2012 11:48 AM

@jon your completely missing the point! it was a racing incident get over it, giving extra engines isnt even in the rules so i doubt lorenzo will be given an extra one anyway. So whats next? if Pedrosa gets hit by a bird and his engine explodes will he be given a extra engine too?! its not his fault is it...



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