By Neil Morrison
Rather unsurprisingly the focus of every Spanish sports paper was very much on Sunday's last corner incident at Jerez, between home stars Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez.
With Lorenzo and Pedrosa's frosty relationship seemingly consigned to the annals of history, and Valentino Rossi yet to challenge his team-mate Lorenzo, everyone has seen the clash as the first real grudge between the MotoGP heavyweights in this year's championship.
The 'home' sports papers seemed only too happy to ratchet up another Spanish rivalry in the making and some headlines suggested this was going to be the end of any form of working relationship between the reigning champion Lorenzo and rookie star Marquez.
The Madrid based sports daily Marca
ran with the headline “A Rivalry is Born” on their front cover, while Mundo Deportivo
likened Marquez's fearless move to a call for war and a form of brutal attack (A Degüello.)
headline shied away from any declarations of civil war and instead opted for the cheeky “Marquez does 'a Rossi' on Lorenzo at his own corner.”
But some Spanish critics saw it as a continuation of Marquez's overly-aggressive style - that saw him punished with back of the grid starts in the 2011 Australian and 2012 Valencia Moto2 rounds - and something that needs to be curbed.
racing expert Alejandro Elortegui believed Marquez deserved a penalty of some kind for the move. It was a minor “miracle” that Lorenzo saw him coming at the Dry Sack hairpin earlier on the final lap and got out of his way, avoiding a crash.
Marquez, he writes, “is an extraordinary rider but still lacks maturity and calmness.” He fears the situation could develop into an all-out feud, similar to that between Sito Pons and Juan Garriga in the late eighties.
Jaime Martin wrote Marquez was both a “genius and a devil” in Marca
and compared the incident with his previous discrepancies in the past. His headline read the incident signalled “The end of the Good Times” between the pair and reminded us that Marc had been warned of the more unforgiving nature of the MotoGP machines at the start of the year.