Lorenzo wins ti­tle as Rossi cries foul

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VA­LEN­CIA: Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third Mo­toGP world ti­tle at the Va­len­cia Grand Prix yes­ter­day amid ac­ri­mony and ac­cu­sa­tions of col­lu­sion from his van­quished Yamaha team­mate Valentino Rossi. Rossi went into the sea­son-clos­ing race seven points clear of Lorenzo, but the Ital­ian leg­end was left with a Her­culean task start­ing from the back of the grid as pun­ish­ment for push­ing Marc Mar­quez off his bike in Malaysia. Rossi surged dra­mat­i­cally through the pack to fin­ish fourth but Lorenzo led from pole to flag, de­spite in­tense pres­sure from his Span­ish com­pa­tri­ots, Honda duo Mar­quez and Dani Pe­drosa.

All eyes were on Mar­quez to see if he could over­take Lorenzo af­ter his spat with Rossi who ac­cused the two-time world cham­pion of con­spir­ing to help Lorenzo win the ti­tle. And af­ter los­ing out on a 10th world ti­tle Rossi railed to Marca: “Incredible work by Honda eh?

“I knew it would be like that and so it was in the end.” He ac­cused Mar­quez of turn­ing into “Lorenzo’s body­guard”. “It has never hap­pened in sport and it has been em­bar­rass­ing for our sport,” he said. “At least the fans have seen what was Marc’s plan and I don’t want to com­ment on his be­hav­iour. I sup­pose in the com­ing months he will un­der­stand what he has done, it is an ugly end to the cham­pi­onship, a dis­ap­point­ment on the track.

“Lorenzo de­serves the ti­tle, but he is not a real cham­pion be­cause some­thing has hap­pened in this sport that had never hap­pened be­fore and Lorenzo can’t be happy.” In a bizarre twist, Lorenzo ap­peared to sup­port Rossi’s claim in an in­ter­view with Mo­vis­tar Mo­toGP chan­nel Whilst deny­ing that “any pact” ex­isted be­tween him and Mar­quez he in­ti­mated that his com­pa­tri­ots had helped him win the ti­tle by not pass­ing him. “They knew what I had in play,” Lorenzo said.

“The fact they are Spa­niards like me helped me. “That helped me be­cause for sure in an­other kind of race they would have tried to over­take which they didn’t this time.” He added: “If Valentino had been in my po­si­tion and with Ital­ians be­hind they would have done ex­actly the same. “The ti­tle had to be for Spain.”

With 110,000 fans watch­ing Lorenzo claimed his third Mo­toGP ti­tle and fifth over­all by five points from Rossi with out­go­ing cham­pion Mar­quez in third. He re­ceived his tro­phy from Spain’s King Juan Car­los, but not be­fore giv­ing Spain’s former head of state a warm bear hug. Mar­quez mean­while brushed aside any sug­ges­tions he and Pe­drosa had helped Lorenzo. “Dani and I tried 100 per­cent and that was shown whether it was here, in Malaysia, in Aus­tralia, in other races, we al­ways gave 100 per­cent.” When asked about Rossi fans think­ing he had col­luded to help Lorenzo Mar­quez replied: “For a win­ner, ac­cu­sa­tions of let­ting an­other per­son win is a lack of re­spect and an in­sult be­cause we al­ways go out to win.” Ear­lier, Danny Kent be­came the first Bri­tish mo­tor­cy­cling world cham­pion for 38 years af­ter seal­ing the Moto3 ti­tle.

Kent needed just a point in Spain to en­sure he couldn’t be over­taken by Por­tu­gal’s Miguel Oliveira and climbed from 18th on the start­ing grid to fin­ish ninth. Barry Sheene was the last Bri­tish cham­pion back in 1977. Oliveira won his third con­sec­u­tive race ahead of Spain’s Jorge Navarro and Jakub Korn­feil of the Czech Re­pub­lic. In Moto2, Spain’s Tito Ra­bat claimed his third win of the sea­son. Com­pa­triot Alex Rins fin­ished sec­ond to con­firm sec­ond in the cham­pi­onship to al­ready crowned world cham­pion Jo­hann Zarco down in sev­enth. — AFP

BRIS­BANE: New Zealand’s Kane Wil­liamson, left, plays a shot as Aus­tralia’s wicket keeper Pe­ter Nevill looks on dur­ing play on day four of the first cricket test be­tween Aus­tralia and New Zealand in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, yes­ter­day. — AP

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