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GP Week : Issue 198
MOTOGP >>> nEWs lORENZO'S ENgINE RISk Technicians at Yamaha in Japan could hold the fate of Jorge Lorenzo’s bid for a third MotoGP title in their hands. Lorenzo’s fall in the Qatar Grand Prix not only put him on the back foot so far as the title was concerned, it may have damaged his Yamaha M1 engine. Such was the force with which the bike tumbled through the air that there are concerns that the 1-litre motor may have ingested some debris. Yamaha is expected to examine the engine as closely as it can, a process restricted because it is sealed and therefore can’t be completely dismantled, before deciding its fate. Should the engine not be usable, it would mean that the Spaniard (right) would be forced to use only four motors for the remainder of the season, due to Yamaha Racing’s status as a Factory team in MotoGP. As if Lorenzo was not feeling bad enough when he walked in, he had to watch his teammate Valentino Rossi (who started 10th) pushed Marc Marquez throughout the race. At the end of the race, the Honda rider had too much speed for the veteran Italian, but it was a sign of what might have been for Lorenzo. Marquez’s win came a mere six weeks after he broke his leg in a training crash, and after missing nearly all of the pre-season testing. Dani Pedrosa rode to a lonely third place, while Aleix Espargaro put two Qualifying crashes behind him with fourth place on the Forward Racing Open Yamaha. Lorenzo was not alone in tumbling out of the race, with Andre Iannone, Bradley Smith, Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista all falling, the two Honda riders doing so while well-placed. 13 GPWEEK.com // 13 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: