LOS ANGELES, CA (July 1, 2012) – Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo's Assen TT this weekend was [brought to a disastrous end at the first corner as the championship leader was taken out by an over eager Alvaro Bautista, coming in too hot and taking both himself and Lorenzo out. The Rockstar Energy rider suffered a DNF for the event and is now in a tie for the lead in championship points.

“Well, today was a complete disaster, Alvaro's move was crazy,” said Rockstar Energy’s Lorenzo. “I met him after the incident, he apologized and we shook hands but in my opinion this is not enough to justify the accident. When I made a mistake in Japan in 2005 I was penalized with a race. Race Direction told me that he will start from last position on the grid in Sachsenring but this is nothing. We hope that we will be lucky in the future that nothing will happen but if the riders are not penalized properly then they will continue to do crazy things like today. My leg is a big bruise, a big impact but nothing serious happened. Luckily for us we had a 25-point advantage or we would now be far behind. Now we are at zero with Casey so we begin again, the Championship is long so let’s see what happens.”

The next event for Rockstar Energy’s Jorge Lorenzo is round eight of the 2012 MotoGP Championship in Sachsenring at the Grand Prix of Germany on July 8th.

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