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Mo­toGP crash still ran­kles with Lorenzo

- Indonesia · Thailand · Marc Márquez · Valentino Rossi · Belarus · Iceland · United Nations · Southeast Asia · Asia · Belgium · Austria · Ducati Motor Holding, S.p.A. · Buriram · Palu

● The top rid­ers in Mo­toGP have paid trib­ute to the vic­tims of In­done­sia’s dev­as­tat­ing earth­quake and tsunami ahead of the sport’s maiden race in Thai­land.

World cham­pion Marc Marquez, An­drea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi were among the rid­ers who posed with a sign read­ing “In­done­sia in our hearts” in Buri­ram.

The ges­ture comes af­ter more than 1,500 died when the city of Palu was rocked by the one-two punch of a 7.5 mag­ni­tude quake and a pow­er­ful cas­cade of wa­ter last week.

In­ter­na­tional aid is just start­ing to ar­rive and about 200,000 peo­ple are in need of as­sis­tance, ac­cord­ing to the UN.

South­east Asia is seen as a growth re­gion for Mo­toGP and the sport has a sig­nif­i­cant fol­low­ing in In­done­sia, one of the world’s most pop­u­lous coun­tries.

Af­ter prac­tice ses­sions late this week, a group of fans from the coun­try waited out­side Marquez’s trailer, hop­ing to catch a glimpse of the star or an au­to­graph.

“A lot of peo­ple love Mo­toGP [back home],” said Cindy, who like many In­done­sians goes by one name. She trav­elled to the race and bought a 2,000 baht (R884) side stand pass. She likes Marquez be­cause of how hard he works to win.

“He tries his best to be the cham­pion.” Mean­while, Jorge Lorenzo says he still blames Honda’s Marquez for the Aragon crash that left him in­jured, despite prais­ing his ri­val for get­ting in touch af­ter the in­ci­dent.

Lorenzo crashed out on the open­ing lap of the Aragon race af­ter a dive down the in­side at turn one from Marquez forced him off the rac­ing line.

The Du­cati rider, who dis­lo­cated his big toe and frac­tured the sec­ond metatarsal on his right foot in the crash, crit­i­cised Marquez in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of the race.

Asked about the in­ci­dent ahead of to­day’s Thai­land race, Lorenzo said: “What­ever I say now will cre­ate a polemic.”

 ?? Pic­ture: Reuters ?? Du­cati's Jorge Lorenzo crashes dur­ing the Aragon Grand Prix in Al­caniz, Spain. Lorenzo still blames world cham­pion Marc Marquez for caus­ing the crash. Marquez took an in­side gap, forc­ing Lorenzo off the race line.
Pic­ture: Reuters Du­cati's Jorge Lorenzo crashes dur­ing the Aragon Grand Prix in Al­caniz, Spain. Lorenzo still blames world cham­pion Marc Marquez for caus­ing the crash. Marquez took an in­side gap, forc­ing Lorenzo off the race line.

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