Jorge Lorenzo shrugs off Estoril boo boys

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Jorge Lorenzo brushed off a chorus of boos that greeted his third straight MotoGP victory at the Estoril circuit in Portugal last weekend.

The Spaniard, who was recently crowned world champion in Sepang, got a hostile reception when he took to the podium behind Valentino Rossi and Andrea Dovizioso.

Fans in the grandstand opposite the rostrum were dismissive of Lorenzo’s latest NASA astronaut celebration and booed him more than once as he celebrated the eighth victory of his world championship-winning campaign.

Lorenzo romped to a comfortable win once he’d disposed of Rossi’s challenge on lap 17 of the 28-lap clash.

Asked by MCN what he thought of the taunts on the podium he said: “I see a lot of Lorenzo flags in the crowd and on the track. But the problem is that Valentino has a lot of fans.

"He’s been doing this for more than ten years at the top and he created a big mass of fans and they are not happy when I am winning.

"Also some fans of (Dani) Pedrosa are the same. For this I think they shout like they did.”

He said the boos didn’t bother him in the slightest and he added: “I have to win more world titles I guess.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt