To Agree, Or Not To Agree

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BY RE­CENT STAN­DARDS, RE­LA­TIONS BE­TWEEN the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha team-mates Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have been fairly cor­dial. As it turns out, that was only on the sur­face. The duo’s mu­tual dis­dain was clear for all to see at the post race press con­fer­ence at the San Marino GP with the reign­ing World Cham­pion crit­i­cis­ing what he thought was an overly ag­gres­sive over­tak­ing move by liv­ing leg­end Rossi on the sec­ond lap of the race at Misano.

“My opin­ion was that the over­tak­ing was maybe too ag­gres­sive,” said Lorenzo. “He didn’t need to over­take like this, but it’s his style. Other rid­ers over­take more cleanly.” Rossi re­sponded with some laugh­ter and said, “That’s not true. I don’t know what I can say to you or what I can say to Marc Mar­quez who has over­taken like this more than ten times. Why are you say­ing this? It’s not true.”

The ar­gu­ment con­tin­ued for a minute or two with Rossi’s chuck­les clearly ril­ing the Spa­niard. “You have to be po­lite and lis­ten to some­one’s opin­ion,” protested Lorenzo soon af­ter. With Lorenzo en­ter­ing his fi­nal stretch as a Yamaha rider, the in­di­ca­tion is clear that both may al­low their mu­tual con­tempt to show more reg­u­larly.

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