FIRST BLOOD TO LORENZO
CHAMP ATTACKS | |
The Motogp championship has undergone major technical changes for 2016 with all new electronics and tyres, but the results, rivalries and hostilities on track appear to have been unchanged.
World champion Jorge Lorenzo picked up where he left off by winning the opening round of the championship in Qatar, while Rossi rekindled his fiery relationship with the Spaniard, with the two men trading barbed insults throughout the weekend.
With Rossi finishing in fourth place, 2.387s behind Lorenzo and just 0.1s off another bitter rival, Marc Marquez in third, it was a solid, if not spectacular, start for the Italian.
But while Rossi was unable to beat Lorenzo on track, he did beat him in the contract negotiation battle, re-signing for Yamaha to stay in the factory team until the end of the 2018 season (see opposite page).
Lorenzo has made no secret of his wish to get his contract with Yamaha confirmed and is understood to have heaped pressure on Yamaha management to get the deal done before the 2016 season had even begun.
But while Lorenzo still hasnõt signed on the line, there was no holding back Rossi, who got the deal done and announced on Saturday, stealing Lorenzoõs thunder, which appeared to be the catalyst for hostilities between the two Yamaha team-mates.
The two men clashed on track during FP4, with Rossi explaining: Òjorge exited from the pit and when he got to
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