http://www.crash.net/moto(...)t-a-coincidence.htmlquote:Jorge Lorenzo believes Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viņales are repeatedly using one another's tow in MotoGP qualifying to gain an advantage, and wryly commented “if it's a coincidence, it's a coincidence which has been repeated five or six times.”
The reigning world champion uncharacteristically qualified off the front row of the grid around Mugello – one of his favourite tracks – for the first time since 2011 on Saturday, and found himself pursued by Andrea Iannone throughout the 15-minute Q2 session.
Speaking on Saturday evening, a relaxed Lorenzo explained that, because of his two-stop strategy he could not slow down to let Iannone past, while including a pointed remark in his team-mate's direction.
“Well I needed to start first, because I did not have so much time to be calm,” said the 29-year old, whose fifth fastest time was 0.378s off Rossi's pole lap.
“I needed to start first and try to go as fast as possible from the first corner to make the strategy of three tyres as we wanted to change the front tyre for the third run, and we did not have very much time. I know I did not have any chance to do different. I would like to have a chance to avoid giving a tow to somebody, but I did not have time.
“It's my strategy, to be alone and to be as fast as possible. Some other riders are good to search or to wait for somebody, and it looks like in the case of Rossi and Viņales, it's not just a coincidence, it's some strategy that they have.”
Asked to clarify his final remark, Lorenzo impishly added: “Well if it's a coincidence, it's a coincidence which has been repeated five or six times. So to have repeated so many coincidences ... But it could be. Who knows?”
The number 99 was not the only man to share this view.
Marc Marquez also made mention of a potential strategy between the 2017 team-mates, saying: “Yeah, I was watching the practice and I saw that Viņales did the time behind Valentino and then the opposite. It looks like they speak and they organise. In the end everyone do his strategy.”
Iannone has benefited from a Lorenzo tow before, most notably in qualifying at Phillip Island, 2015. Then Lorenzo told the Italian that doing so once was OK. To do it again would be a different matter.
Viņales verprutst het tot nu toe relatief vaak in de eerste chaos na de start. Om dan vervolgens weer een flinke tijd bezig te zijn met die opgelopen achterstand inhalen. Maar hopelijk zet 'ie weer iets leuks neer.quote:
zie je, het is gewoon nog een kind, die lulloquote:Op zaterdag 21 mei 2016 23:48 schreef Dimachaerus het volgende: