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Having won in Malaysia in torrentially wet conditions for the last two years, Andrea Dovizioso was expected to be the man to beat in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang. However, a lack of dry track time caused surprise problems and the Italian factory Ducati rider slumped to a disappointing sixth place in the race.
Instead, the real fireworks of this traditionally explosive weekend came as a result of Dovizioso’s on-going war of words with departing Ducati team-mate Jorge Lorenzo. The Honda-bound Spaniard missed the last two rounds of the championship in Japan and Australia due to injury sustained when his Ducati suffered a technical problem at the Thailand GP at Buriram a month ago, but was expected to return in Malaysia.
But after riding in Friday’s free practice sessions at Sepang, Lorenzo elected to sit out the race after all. He instead let Ducati test rider Michele Pirro take his place while he continued to recover from his badly broken wrist.
When asked on Saturday about his team-mate’s decision not to race, Dovizioso told Italian media that “It’s funny what happens when some riders come to Ducati, but it’s not my problem.”
These comments reportedly enraged twice-250 and three-time Motogp world champion Lorenzo who then took to social media to respond, sarcastically calling Dovi a ‘real gentleman,’ an ‘exemplary companion’ and ‘a world champion... but in 125s.’
The duo go their separate ways after one more race, much to the relief of Ducati management. Lorenzo joins Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda at the Valencia post-race test in just two weeks’ time.
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Dovizioso could only come sixth on Sunday
Departing Lorenzo decided not to race