MotoGP: Lorenzo: 'I will help Dovi if I can'

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Jorge Lorenzo has said he will help team-mate Andrea Dovizioso to win the 2017 MotoGP world championship if he is in the position to do so in Sunday’s final race of the year.

Dovizioso sits a massive 21 points behind title rival Marc Marquez but as has been shown many times in MotoGP before, anything can happen.

The Italian can clinch his debut crown if he wins the race and Marc Marquez finishes 12th or lower, or does not finish the race.

Lorenzo was leading the race last time out in Sepang when he was sent a message on his dashboard reading ‘Suggested Mapping 8’, which many have assumed was code telling him to pull over and allow Dovizioso past.

However, the Mallorcan, who claims he didn’t see the instruction, didn’t need to deliberately move over and allow his team-mate through as he tucked the front into the final corner giving Dovizioso an opportunity to pass.


When asked whether he’d follow any instructions to help Dovizioso clinch the crown this weekend, Lorenzo said he would but pointed out it would be hard for one rider to help his team-mate to the title given Marquez’ points advantage.

“Yes, of course I will help Dovi if I can,” he said ahead of the weekend’s race. “Journalists have been asking me this since the beginning of the year, at the beginning it was too soon but now it isn’t.

“It’s very difficult that I can do something, because the situation is much better for Marc and not so simple for Dovi, but if I am fighting for the top positions I will check the board and my dashboard as I understand the importance of the world title.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing