Jorge Lorenzo and Marc Marquez have responded to the boos they received from some fans at the season-opening Qatar MotoGP.
Lorenzo and Marquez were jeered on the grid and the podium, clearly a reaction to the drama involving Valentino Rossi at the end of last season.
Lorenzo got annoyed enough that he gestured for the crowd to zip their mouths several times after claiming victory.
“Well I think we didn’t do anything wrong during the last months. We just concentrated on going very fast,” Lorenzo said in Argentina on Thursday.
“I won the championship. Marc tried to do his best in the 2015 season and is starting this season like me: Trying to be professional, trying to be the best on the track and we are risking our lives in the process. So I don’t know what we did wrong. Just be very fast and beat some riders, no?”
Rossi was adamant that Marquez was trying to assist Lorenzo in the closing rounds of last year’s title race.
Marquez has always denied the claims, and admits he did not like fans booing him in Qatar.
“For me, it is something that for example in soccer I don’t like, so of course I don’t like it in MotoGP and also if it is against me. But in the end it is something that – I’m not stupid, and I know that it will be usual. So we must adapt,” he said.
“And for me the most important, doesn’t matter the colour of the fans – if it’s yellow, black or red – I think everybody enjoyed the race in Qatar. I enjoyed it on the track, so I’m happy with the final result and we will try to repeat it here.”
Rossi, meanwhile, refused to weigh in on the booing, saying simply: “I don’t know.”
Lorenzo and Marquez denied rumours that safety concerns were forcing them to stay in their hotels in Argentina this weekend, however.
“No, no, no,” Lorenzo said. “I’m not afraid and if I didn’t go out of the hotel it is because I was training or relaxing for the race.”
“I was afraid yesterday on the plane because one engine stopped!” said Marquez. “But I’m not afraid here.”