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Lorenzo fined for Simoncelli gesture

Lorenzo fined for Simoncelli gesture

A decision to make a formal complaint to Race Direction seems to have backfired on Jorge Lorenzo, with him becoming the recipient of a $5000 fine after complaining about the on-track behaviour of two riders today.

A decision to make a formal complaint to Race Direction seems to have backfired on Jorge Lorenzo, with him becoming the recipient of a $5000 fine after complaining about the on-track behaviour of two riders today.

Reigning 250cc World Champion Lorenzo kicked out at Marco Simoncelli during the afternoon qualifying session when he adjudged that the Italian had impeded him on a fast lap, and promptly announced in his television interview that he would be taking the matter to Race Direction. Simoncelli was previously involved in an incident with Hector Barbera at Sachsenring, with an identical outcome.

Another confrontation that had aggrieved Lorenzo was with French rider Jules Cluzel in the morning practice, and the Spaniard is believed to have also complained about this separate incident. The result of the current 250cc World Championship leader's protest was not entirely as he would have liked, as his reaction to Simoncelli came under the spotlight and he was penalised with a stiff fine.

Official Press Release from the FIM

"On Saturday 15th September, during the 250cc qualifying practice, the Spanish rider number 1 Jorge Lorenzo made a gesture prejudicial to the interest of the sport. According to the article 3.3.1.2 of the FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix Regulations, the Race Direction has decided to penalise the rider with a fine of USD 5000.

No protest has been lodged.

The decision of the Race Direction is final."

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250cc, 2007, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Marco Simoncelli, Julian Simon, Jorge Lorenzo

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