MotoGP » 14 October 2013
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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