However El Pais
, the daily broadsheet, wrote admiringly of Marquez, claiming it had been “a race for the memory,” noting the incident with Lorenzo refusing the handshake being met by a playful giggle from his younger rival.
“Marquez never hides his admiration for Valentino Rossi's style and he constantly defends his own style, which is often questioned,” wrote Nadia Tronchoni, claiming it was more of a racing incident than an act of over aggressiveness or immaturity.
Ex 125cc race winner and AS
motorcycle pundit Pablo Nieto shared this opinion and diplomatically states “there may be different views…but this is racing.” 1999 500cc World Champion Alex Crivillé agreed in his column in Marca
, pointing to the fact that Lorenzo failed to close the door on one of the prime overtaking places on the circuit.
Elvira González of Mundo Deportivo
also added that “Lorenzo was wrong to open the door and, after touching with the champion, Marquez won the confrontation”, adding the “Catalan surpassed him with all his might.”
Both Nieto and Crivillé were also at pains to congratulate winner Dani Pedrosa, whose devastating Sunday display, they felt, had been completely overlooked by the goings on behind him.
The event was perhaps best described in Marca's
final word column, where Julio César Iglesias writes the move was the meeting of the impetuous (Lorenzo) and the impatient (Marquez), and Pedrosa must be celebrated for overcoming the pair of them.
pointed at old YouTube footage of an Aprilia Championship race from 1998, where an 11-year old Lorenzo triggered a coming together with Joan Olive at that very same corner (see the Crash.net Facebook page
where a link to the video was posted on Monday).
In an ironic swapping of roles, a baby figured Lorenzo states in the video, “I'm sorry for him, but this is racing…”