Ryder Notes from May 2013: Deja Vu All Over Again
each refusal being accompanied with a magisterial wag of the forefinger
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(May 2013)

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First things first; Dani Pedrosa won and won splendidly; dealing with an early charge from Lorenzo then pulling away. Secondly, no-one will be talking about the win because Marc Marquez and Jorge Lorenzo reenacted the infamous 2005 Rossi-Gibernau last-corner, with Marc playing the part of Rossi.

It was a carbon-copy of the 2005 incident. Jorge stayed wide on the last corner, inviting a charge up the inside. Marquez accepted the invite, they touched mid-corner without consequences quite as dramatic as eight years ago, but Jorge was relegated to a disgruntled third. He refused to shake hands with Marquez in parc ferme or to clink champagne bottles on the rostrum, each refusal being accompanied with a magisterial wag of the forefinger.
Jorge stayed wide on the last corner, inviting a charge up the inside. Marquez accepted the invite, they touched mid-corner without consequences quite as dramatic as eight years ago, but Jorge was relegated to a disgruntled third. He refused to shake hands with Marquez in parc ferme or to clink champagne bottles on the rostrum, each refusal being accompanied with a magisterial wag of the forefinger.
In truth, Jorge was annoyed with himself. Marquez had tried a charge at the corner at the end of the back straight on the last lap and run wide, Jorge thought the challenge ended there and didn't try and close the door at the final corner. With the inevitable result.

Jorge then refused to answer questions about the incident in the post-race press conference while Marc managed to portray himself as the soul of reason., saying it was natural to be "warm" if you were on the wrong end of an incident like that and equally natural to be extremely happy with getting the other end of the stick. Nobody thought it was a good idea to remind Jorge it all happened at the corner that had been named after him the previous day. Dramas aside, the result put all three Spaniards just four points apart at the top of the table with Marquez top by three points. His riding has been seriously impressive, nearly as impressive as his skill in dealing with the media.

Jorge has a fight on his hands.
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