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GP Week : Issue 114
and meanwhile ... The spat between Simoncelli and Lorenzo came at the post- qualifying Press conference, after Lorenzo had been quoted in an interview that Simoncelli was a dangerous rider, citing their collision at Valencia last year as an example. “For me he said a wrong thing,” said Simoncelli, pointing out that after the last race at Jerez he had finished the race with Lorenzo’s tyre marks on his leathers from knee to shoulder, and reminding everyone that in 2005 Lorenzo had been suspended for one race for his own dangerous riding. Lorenzo responded, saying: “If it doesn’t happen again, that is okay.” And then it kicked off, with Simoncelli saying repeatedly: “ Your example was wrong;”and Lorenzo growing increasingly red in the face as he argued back. At the end he said once more: “If it doesn’t happen again, it’s okay;” whereupon Simoncelli shot back: “If it does, I will be arrested?” Lorenzo then addressed the highly entertained assembly of journalists: “It is not funny. This is not minibikes. We are doing 300 km/ h, and we are playing with our lives.” “I thought my shoulder might never recover” Moto GP news >> VALENTINO Rossi revealed at Estoril that he had feared during his long recuperation that the troublesome shoulder injury that spoiled his 2010 season lingered so long that he had begun to fear he might never get better. He spoke now, he said, because at last he was noticing some real improvement. He suffered a fracture and ligament damage falling off a motocross bike after the first race of last year, and was struggling with pain and weakness from then on, finally electing to have corrective surgery shortly after the end of the season. But in the following weeks the slowness of improvement left him seriously worried. He spoke about it after the first day of practice had shown that his feelings of improvement were well-founded. “I didn’t want to say a lot yesterday, because I wanted to try it on the bike. Today I can ride more like I want. I still have some pain and not maximum power on the right, but the difference compared with the other shoulder is less than before. “I am happy, because a shoulder injury can be very difficult. Riders are used to make fantastic recoveries from broken bones, so in my mind I was thinking that my shoulder could recover in a shorter time. “Unfortunately with this type of injury and operation you need a lot more time. So for a long time I was scared that it would never come back to 100 percent. I was very worried, because you pass one or two months without any improvement.” RossI: 15