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Marquez-Lorenzo clash: Spanish Press Reaction

8 May 2013

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.)

AS' 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.

AS's 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.

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.

Finally, Sport.es 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…”


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