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Lorenzo: I want to improve safety

"I have no problem with Marc, I just want to improve the safety of my sport. This must be the top priority" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Almost two-weeks after a dramatic last turn incident at Jerez, the clash between Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez remained the hot topic of conversation as MotoGP reconvened at Le Mans.

Rookie Marquez snatched second place when he bumped past Lorenzo in front of their home Spanish fans.

It was the latest in a line of last lap incidents at the corner. Indeed, footage emerged of Lorenzo himself taking down a fellow Aprilia Cup competitor at the same place early in his racing career.

Now the reigning double world champion, a furious Lorenzo had refused to comment immediately after the Marquez incident, but did admit he made a mistake in assuming the Honda rider was further behind.

Marquez handled the situation smartly, stating he would also be angry at losing a place at the last corner - and even apologising for the circumstances - but pointed out such a pass had been seen many times before and “this is racing”.

Race Direction sided with the 20-year-old, taking no action - just as when Valentino Rossi collided with Sete Gibernau over victory at the same corner in 2005. But despite having 'cooled down', the lack of action still angers Lorenzo, who feels a line needs to be drawn for safety reasons.

MotoGP has introduced a new penalty points system for 2013 - where four points means a back of the grid start, seven points a pit lane start and ten points disqualification from the next round. Lorenzo could not understand why at least some points were not applied to Marquez.

After giving his opinion behind closed doors in the riders' meeting Lorenzo got the chance to air his views in public during the pre-event press conference.

“Now I've cooled down, but I still believe the action from Jerez was too hard,” he said. “I have nothing against Marc, because he's young and when you see some space you try. But I think this year we have got the license points system and we are not using it at the moment.

“I would like in the future for Race Direction to use this new system. And at Jerez, in my opinion, the minimum should have been some points. Some points, a 'yellow card', call it what you want. But something should be used.

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DJ from TJ - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 7:21 PM

Lorenzo has matured a great deal the last few year, his riding style and behaviour is that of a true champion. Ever since the passing of Simoncelli, Lorenzo had patched things up with few riders (Pedrosa, Rossi and even Bautista). And has learnt to race with respect and honor. My point is that riders need to earn respect and trust from the other riders, a great example was last season when there was no controversy between the top 3 guys, they passed each other plenty of times without touching or pulling a bone head move. That is something that Marquez still doesn't have and I can only hope he gets one day. Pedrosa doesn't have to worry about Lorenzo T-boning him or vice versa, they're grown up, they've been through injuries and seen tragedy....

yamaham1FAN - Unregistered

May 16, 2013 6:31 PM

Well JLO, its time to put on your big boy panties and nut up. This kid is gonna make your earn this championship. Come on Rossi, lets see the old school backyard brawler you once were..

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