During yesterday’s MotoGP race at Jerez, where everyone was still jockeying for positions in an action packed first couple of laps, Jorge Lorenzo pushed Andrea Dovizioso wide at the Dry Sac and then threw out his arm in what appeared to be an apology, however it turned out it wasn’t an apology, but a warning sign towards the Yamaha Tech3 rider aggressiveness.
Lorenzo in an video interview with Sportmediaset said, “It was a sign to warn him to wait until maybe halfway through the race or at the end before making a pass, especially on the first laps. In theory I’m racing for the championship title and he’s on the same manufacturerer’s bike … so he has to wait a little and not try to pass me at 100%, always at the limit, risking that we could both fall and get zero points. I think you should wait to do it at halfway in the race or at the end rather than risks at the beginning, in MotoGP you have to learn how to take calculated risks … that’s why I signalled Andrea not now. Experience has taught me this.”
Asked about Cal Crutchlow, the current points leader laughingly said, “He kind of scares me a little, I hope that if he’s intelligent and if he’s faster than me then he passes me, but at the beginning of the race in MotoGP you have to be more patient.”
What did Dovizioso have to say about Lorenzo’s early warning? “Let’s say we were both wrong, the blame is 50-50, He tried to pass me, but I had a little more margin and let the brakes go. He had room to turn. I think he did it on purpose to touch me and give me a warning, but it wasn’t anything special. “