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Malaysian MotoGP: Lorenzo 'maybe contact', Marquez 'it was exciting'

"In one overtake I felt some contact, but it was ok. Like this is racing, no?" - Marc Marquez.
Dani Pedrosa won Sunday's Malaysian MotoGP, but the on-track action centred around a thrilling duel for second between title rivals Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo.

The battle had added impetus given the penalty point handed to Marquez, for light contact with team-mate Pedrosa - which broke a traction control sensor, causing Pedrosa to fall - at the previous Aragon round.

Lorenzo has been one of the loudest in calling for riding standards to be tightened, especially since clashing with Marquez at the final turn of round three at Jerez. On Thursday the reigning double world champion taunted the decision to hand what was effectively a final warning to the rookie star:

“Jerez was a great show, looking at the marshals [scattering] like chickens in Silverstone was a great show. In Laguna Seca he overtook Valentino outside of the track, it was a great show. So they should provide an incentive for these types of actions.”

But in the Sepang battle it was Lorenzo who made contact with Marquez - tapping the side of the 20-year-old after launching an inside re-pass at Turn 11, during a relentless back-and-forth exchange from laps 5-9.

“It was a great battle,” said Lorenzo. “I tried my best. I could only try to force him to make some mistakes, so I tried at every occasion. Every space. I would like to fight with some better braking, because we struggle so much and it is impossible to pass these guys [Hondas] on braking. We can only pass them on the change of direction or if they make a mistake.

“Anyway it was fun, until the last overtake from Marc. Until then the fight was really clean, with no touching. In that [last overtake] there was no touching, but he didn't leave me as much space, so I had to close the throttle.”

The words 'no touching' came as a surprise, given the TV images, and saw Lorenzo asked specifically if he had made any contact with Marquez: “I don't know. We passed I think three, four, five times and I don't think we touched. But if we did it was just a little bit. I didn't feel a big touch.”

Marquez smiled as he listened to those comments, then gave his opinion: “In one overtake I felt some contact [from Lorenzo]. But it was ok. Like this is racing, no? He overtook me on the inside. I didn't expect it. We had some contact, but you know in that moment it was so exciting.”

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October 13, 2013 3:52 PM

I'm getting a little fed up of some here rambling on about MM's dangerous actions or whatever you want to call them. The truth is obvious if you have been watching the on-board shots throughout the season. Marc carries an amazing level of corner speed and enters almost any corner MUCH faster than ALL other riders. So if he is following any other rider then they are breaking much more and much earlier than he does. End result is the risk of running into the back of them and sometimes Marc has had to take avoiding action. The reality is that Marc is intrinsically quicker than anybody else out there. That's why other riders are complaining. That's why fans of other riders are moaning. That's why MM will be 2013 MotoGp Champion and set to dominate for years to come.

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