Newly crowned triple MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo has been forced to withdraw from this weekend's Race Of Champions due to burn injuries.

Lorenzo suffered second degree burns to his left leg as he celebrated his latest MotoGP title in front of his home fans in Mallorca last week.

The injury is believed to have occurred when a radiator pipe came lose from a motorcycle he was preparing to ride, spraying boiling fluid onto the Spaniard's leg.

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"I'm really sad that I cannot go to the Race Of Champions this year but during the celebrations in Mallorca I burned my leg on the bike," Lorenzo said. "I really hoped it would heal by now but due to potential complications from sweating inside the overalls, the doctors have forbidden me to do it.

"I know I would have had great fans supporting me in London so I'm sorry to be missing it. This is a great event and I hope you all enjoy watching all the action. Now I will try as hard as possible to be back at the Race Of Champions next year instead."

Six-time Olympic cycling gold medallist Sir Chris Hoy has been drafted in to replace Lorenzo for the event at London's former Olympic Stadium.

The Race Of Champions is an annual end-of-season which sees some of the world's leading motorsport competitors battle head-to-head in identical (four-wheel) machinery.

Five time 500GP champion Mick Doohan will now be the only motorcycle grand prix representative.

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I'll throw it all out on the table - GP is/was great (until the last 3 races of 2015)....there is a common thread - the Hispanic culture hates to loose and we saw the best of that in 2015. You can say what you want but the apple doesn't fall far from the tree and it is what it is........

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RaceFan26:
Yearby23: Something I have noticed that hasn't been written about on Crash.

How come nothing's been said about Rossi not showing up to the FIM ceremony?

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There is a brief mention of it in motomatters.

True that! Wished Rossi would just go to World Superbikes and call it a day... I would not miss GP at all the way it stands....
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Pepe Leyva:
madh4tt3r: I knew this thread was going to be a joke, it would inevitably turn into a thread bashing lorenzo. I personally think he is a nice person off the track, just recently spending time with under privileged children which in my view makes a huge difference to their lives. Well done JL, keep up the charity work.

He may not be the golden child of MotoGP but he is honest, he moans about what he feels is right to moan about. He tells things as they are, doesn't beat around the bush like Rossi and MM. He wears his heart on his sleeve and it shows and for some reason people just don't like that. I prefer it as you get to really see the high's and lows these athletes go through. [\blockquote]

Jorge Lorenzo is a moaner, that's a problem. On the other hand he is the fastest guy in 2 wheels

Justin Beiber might be a millionaire, he might be famous but I don't know a song he wrote or sang.... Getting the picture?
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crashnetdummies: Lorenzo feeds on haters' venom. They're utterly mad because over the past decade it never did nor ever will affect Jorge. In fact the more they boo him the stronger he gets.That picture when he roared back at the detesting mob entering the podium scene at Valencia was absolutely magical.

Vamos Campeon[\blockquote]

Haha, its like Nicki Pederson in the speedway world, so many people hate him and boo him and he absolutely thrives on the hate. Most people only ever see the tv personality and what the media shows, but you speak to the guy away from the track and they are some of the nicest guys ever.

To me a legend is someone like Troy Bayliss (I'm an American so don't give me no favoritism bs), does a wildcard race at the end of the season and wins the race. I got nothing but respect for that performance and him as a human being and someone worthy of being a champion...[\blockquote]

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You can argue again whether #93 was "just racing" as usual but the polarity that both events have in relationship with his undisputed arrogance and recklessness on track under ANY circumstance basically answers the question:

#93 is a hypocrit. #99 is a hypocrit.

Both, when asked "did #93 seriously interfere in the WC" should say. yes #93 did. Honda and Repsol should both say "yes" he did.

We all know they never objectively answer out of sick unsportsmanlike politics for which they will go free.

All were wrong in some way. #46 was "honest". #93 is not. THAT is the problem most don't want to accept.

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He is a boring guy. He probably needs to find reasons to excuse himself. In the end he just won with a legendary 5 points.

If #93 would have had the "Assen or PI-motivation" he would have only won with 0 points.

As history goes, #93 decided to roll over the line with his tail between his legs in the name of the King of spain and in controversy with his character and the sport in general.

in the end "the legend" wil have to bear a controversial title. I feel sorry for him.

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I think most will agree that #46 exaggerated in PI. The maneuver he pulled on #93 in Sepang was NOK. It was also a move to "cool down #93" . #46 knew he was visible. The maneuver had nothing to hide.

You can argue about it, but the above acts are all honest and outspoken. No dirty tactics about that. He shouldn't have done it but that is close to irrelevant. He did and all know why. Something was a stake.

The added lie about #46 "kicking" from #93, Repsol and Honda.
The lie from #93 he was "just racing" as he would have any other in the before last race.
The "normality" that Team Repsol Honda #93" spread about the completely reversed attitude that #93 had when in competition with #99 in the last laps of the last race.
The indirect request from #99 to hand the title over to him on the podium in the before last race.

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geoffrey.spears.52:
Harryx:

in the end "the legend" wil have to bear a controversial title. I feel sorry for him.[\blockquote]

He'll sit comfortably in one of his homes while his servants polish his five world championship trophies and I doubt how you feel about it will even remotely register in his mind
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In a simplified way your argument is true. My statement is to be understood "in general" though and not "me personally".

In the correct context you are wrong. It is "in his mind",. His continuous search for confirmation that by his own statements he actually thinks he "is the best" and "he is a legend" are enough proof of this.

It is a pity he does not mention e.g. in my opinion denies that #93 had an effect on him claiming the WC .

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