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.