Catalunya MotoGP: Intrigue, gossip and rumour - Bikesport News

Catalunya MotoGP: Intrigue, gossip and rumour

Jorge Lorenzo had another crash in yesterday’s Catalunya MotoGP test but managed to complete the day even after lobbing it at turn eight with his RC213V landing atop the tyre wall.

Lorenzo had his pants thoroughly pulled down by his rivals after skittling Maverick Vinales, Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi on lap two of Sunday’s race and seems to be trying too hard to make the Honda work for him when it doesn’t want to.

He hurt his back, elbow and toes in the crash when he lost the front and fired himself into the gravel at warp nine. He also said the run-off in some areas is too small as he didn’t stop in gravel and bounced off the air fence.

Cal Crutchlow has had a pop at team-mate Taka Nakagami after the Japanese rider made up seven places off the start and then passed the Briton at turn four.

Crutchlow believes the move was too aggressive and it took him off the track, the result of which a loss of four places on lap two. Nakagami brushed it off, not saying ‘This is racing, suck it up, buttercup’.

Nakagami elected not to do the Suzuka Eight-Hours this year as it is a distracton from his main goal, MotoGP. The scheduling for the race is very tight and he was visibly tired last year. it is also a good excuse to not go and ride the Fireblade.

Andrea Iannone, who is not known for his shyness when it comes to passing, has branded Bradley Smith ‘really dangerous’ after the crash which took out the Briton and Aprilia team-mate Aleix Espargaro.

The Maniac - clue is in the nick - said he was really disappointed in Smith as the test rider shouldn’t behave in that way. On hearing the statement, Andrea Dovizioso probably said: ‘Pffftttt.’

Espargaro suffered a femur micro-fracture, left tibia injury and bruising in the crash but might be fit to ride at Assen after being examined by Dr Mir at the Dexys Midnight Runners Institute. He has said he will be able to start cycling in a few days.

Valentino Rossi has criticised Barcelona’s turn ten and wants it removed. The tight left-hander, which was the site of his Sunday nerfing at the hands of Jorge Lorenzo, is like ‘supermarket parking’ according to The Doctor and he added it is easy to see why crashes happen.

Rossi said of yesterday’s test that it was all about the future and he was working on new electronic setting to improve rear grip on used tyres. Again. He also employed a thumb brake for a couple of runs. Both Rossi and Vinales will hve the 2020 engine to run at the Brno test. No breath is being held.

KTM boss Pit Beirer has squashed all rumour that they will contract out frame design and manufacture in the future, sticking to his ‘steel trellis is best’ guns when all about him don’t use it. Even Ducati farm out their chassis to Suter but Beirer is adamant it will remain in house…

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