Last Lap Dramas at Jerez: Blasts from the Past

Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez crossed swords at the track, but they certainly weren't the first...
MotoGP 2013 Spanish Grand Prix Jerez Marc Márquez Jorge Lorenzo
Márquez (93) and Lorenzo (99) get up close! © STUDIO MILAGRO / DPPI
By Joseph Caron Dawe

When Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Márquez bashed fairings in the final corner on the last lap of the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday it wasn't the first time Jerez had provided such drama.

As soon as the pair crossed the finish line comparisons to the infamous encounter between Sete Gibernau and Valentino Rossi were being made. There was tension in parc ferme, on the podium and in the post-race press conference, and it's left fans rubbing their hands as MotoGP heats up.

Here, takes a quick look at some of the best 'coming togethers' at Jerez in recent years...

2013: Márquez and Lorenzo

The rookie had already ruffled feathers in his first two races by scoring a podium in Qatar and a win in Austin, and in Jerez he left little doubt over the fact he's no respecter of reputation.

Heading into the penultimate corner on the last lap, which had conveniently been named after Lorenzo in the week leading up to the Spanish GP, Márquez saw a gap, went for it and then had to stand the bike up to avoid going down and subsequently thumped into the side of Lorenzo.

The impact was heavy but both stayed upright, with Márquez repentant immediately after the race and Lorenzo clearly irked and refusing to comment or shake hands with his rival.

First I thought: 'Okay, we will finish third, and it's a good place for us'. But then I saw that Jorge opened the door a little bit and I said okay, I'll try to go in.

“The most important is that we finished the race, both riders," said Márquez. "I'm sorry for Jorge but I think this is a race and everybody tries to give his 100%.”

Lorenzo's response: “I don't gain anything by saying something now.

I'm a bit heated after losing second place in the last corner, so it's better not to say anything here because I don't gain anything.

"I didn't crash, I have 16 more points, so we are focused on the next race.”

The press conference that followed was a spiky affair, and this one's sure to rumble on as the season progresses.

MotoGP 2005 Spanish Grand Prix Gibernau Rossi Jerez
Sete Gibernau (15) and Valentino Rossi (46) clash © STUDIO MILAGRO / DPPI

2005: Rossi and Gibernau | Video here

On Sete Gibernau's home soil and in front of a fervent Spanish crowd at the opening race of the 2005 season, the duo went into the final corner with Gibernau leading after a tense battle that had seen the lead swap hands numerous times.

Valentino Rossi forced his way up the inside, punted Gibernau wide and into the gravel and rode off to victory, while a disgusted Gibernau limped across the line in second and a delightfully frosty encounter in parc ferme and the post-race media commitments ensued.

Gallingly for Gibernau, Rossi came out with the tried and tested response to rub further salt into the wounds:

For sure it was a hard overtake, for sure Sete is angry, but you know, this is racing!

1996: Doohan and Criville | Video

Another case of a defending World Champion going up against a home hero saw Mick Doohan and his Repsol Honda team-mate Alex Criville fighting for the win on the last lap.

Chaotic scenes witnessed fans on the track before the final lap had been completed, and then as the pair went into the last corner with Criville leading Doohan went up the inside. They almost touched, Criville went slightly wide, and his NSR500 spat him off in a dramatic highside as Doohan slipped off to victory.

Honourable Mention: Jorge Lorenzo vs Joan Olivé, 1997 | Video

Thanks to the power of YouTube, within hours of Lorenzo's indignation at Márquez's move a video surfaced from the two-times MotoGP World Champion's youth that showed his ruthless side...

In it, he takes out former GP rider Joan Olivénow working as part of Aki Ajo's Moto3 team set-up and as a test rider for KTM – in an Aprilia Copa race at Jerez in 1997.

The video's a treat, especially the young Lorenzo's ice cold dictum at the end in which he refuses to acknowledge any blame whatsoever: “I took the inside line, he took the outside one, he touched me and he crashed.

I'm sorry for him, but that's racing...!

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