To Agree, Or Not To Agree
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.