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Lorenzo: I want to improve safety

“In racing it is possible to touch another rider, but when you hit another rider - make him do another line - it is a different story.

“It is difficult because there is always a difference of opinion, but - as I say - when you make a hit you should at least get some sort of penalty. One point, two points.

“I repeat I have nothing personally against Marc, I just think when you get penalised you can become a more logical rider. As happened with me in 2005. I made many mistakes but I only changed after I was penalised.”

Lorenzo was handed a one race ban after clashing with Alex de Angelis at the 2005 Japanese 250cc Grand Prix.

Marquez, for his part, responded: “If you do [a move like that] on the first lap or in the middle of the race I can understand a penalty. But on the last lap, this is racing. Many times we have seen things like that in motorcycle racing... I think fans like it.

“Last lap, last corner if I see some space I will try.”

Despite their opposing views, Lorenzo revealed that the pair had already shaken hands after being placed in the same row on the flight back from Jerez!

“There were almost 300 people on the plane and we were next to each other! It was funny,” smiled Lorenzo. “We didn't speak about the incident, just normal things. Then we shook hands. Like I say, I have no problem with Marc, I just want to improve the safety of my sport. This must be the top priority.”

Lorenzo and Marquez also shook hands again in the press conference (pictured).

When Lorenzo was asked if he had left the riders' briefing early - following reports he had 'stormed out' - Lorenzo replied that he thought the meeting was over and "someone has to leave first".

Marquez starts round four with a three point lead over team-mate and Jerez winner Dani Pedrosa. Lorenzo is one point further back. Each of the trio have taken one win so far this year.

Lorenzo won last year's wet French GP by almost ten seconds from Valentino Rossi (Ducati).

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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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