Lorenzo Livid Over Crash

Cycle News Staff | June 30, 2012

Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo is understandably livid over the first-turn incident with Alvaro Bautista that left the Spaniard tied with Casey Stoner for the lead in the World Championship after starting the day 25 points clear of his rival.

“Well, today was a complete disaster, Alvaro’s move was crazy,” Lorenzo said in a Yamaha team release. “I met him after the incident, he apologized and we shook hands, but in my opinion this is not enough to justify the accident. When I made a mistake in Japan in 2005 I was penalized with a race. Race Direction told me that he will start from last position on the grid in Sachsenring, but this is nothing. We hope that we will be lucky in the future that nothing will happen, but if the riders are not penalized properly then they will continue to do crazy things like today. My leg is a big bruise, a big impact but nothing serious happened. Luckily for us we had a 25-point advantage or we would now be far behind. Now we are at zero with Casey [Stoner] so we begin again – the championship is long so let’s see what happens.”