MotoGP stars Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo in tense exchange at Phillip Island
Marc Marquez was left raging in practice yesterday after Jorge Lorenzo clipped his bike.
The ex-Ducati was cruising relatively gently during FP2.
But Marquez came careering round the corner and got too tight to his team-mate.
The Catalan’s shoulder then clattered into Lorenzo’s bike, which resulted in a piece flying off.
It’s unclear who was at fault – but Marquez was raging.
He can be seen on camera angrily remonstrating with Lorenzo after the incident and making a sleeping gesture.
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"Of course, in the first moment I was upset," Marquez said in the aftermath.
"I was just speaking with him. Of course we have a good relationship.
“We discussed the accident because he was on a slow lap and I was approaching on a fast lap, we cannot forget that, OK, it's FP2, but it's like a qualifying practice and you need to be in Q2.
"I knew that was my only lap with the soft tyre and the rain was coming very fast. He was in the middle of the [racing] line and unfortunately we had small contact.
“Fortunately for both of us there was no crash and that's important.
"When you're riding a slow lap you need to be out of the way. In the end we need to pay attention, because we cannot ride in a 'slow mode' in the middle of the line.
"Of course, he will say there was no space. But you need to check behind, you need to understand and be out of the racing line.
“Apart from that, I was angry at first, but then I was in his office and we speak together. No problem."
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Lorenzo is having a dismal season after joining Honda 12 months ago.
He is yet to finish in the top 10 and could still part company with the Japanese factory.
The Spaniard, however, was quick to proclaim his innocence after the tense episode.
"I didn't look back so I didn't know that I had three or four riders behind me,” he said.
"After that corner I couldn't do so much more, I was completely on the inside and he was probably a little too close to me on that corner because he wanted to improve his time. He then just touched me."
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