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MotoGP Jerez: Marquez and Lorenzo talk last turn clash
5 May 2013
This was the initial reaction of Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo, speaking shortly after their last corner clash over second place in Sunday's Spanish MotoGP.
In a repeat of the Valentino Rossi-Sete Gibernau 2005 Jerez incident, Marquez dived for the inside under braking and the pair then made contact at the apex.
Yamaha's reigning double champion Lorenzo was bumped wide - at a corner renamed in his honour on Saturday - while rookie Marquez snatched second place behind Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa.Marc Marquez:
“When I saw at the last corner that Jorge had opened a little bit the door. Then just I go in. Many times it has happened in a similar way there. Just I learned from the videos... Just say sorry to Jorge because you know, you never want that, but in the end the most important is that we both finished the race. So I think it was a nice battle for the fans.”
Lorenzo was visibly angry immediately after the incident, refusing to speak to Marquez in parc ferme and during the podium ceremony, but later confessed he had made a mistake by leaving room at the last corner.Jorge Lorenzo:
“Well I think we did a good race, with the conditions we have, with the bike we have. I did my best every lap, every corner. I pushed 100 percent. We still don't have a very competitive bike. We need to improve the bike. Anyway I only did two mistakes: At the start and also the last corner, for not closing a little bit more the door. Anyway I'm happy with the race because I was very concentrated, very focussed and very constant.”
More reaction to follow...