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Cycle News 2019 Issue 22 June 4

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P128 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT I was struck again in a close din- ner-table encounter at Le Mans at just how small and delicately built is Jorge Lorenzo. On screen in leathers, you'd have no idea. Especially if he's crashed and is all puffed up in his airbags. Have another look at Mar- quez. At 5'6" he only looks big when standing next to Dani Pe- drosa. In fact, aside from three 6'1" giants—Rossi, Petrucci and rookie Mir—it is clear that small is better. The smallest being Dovizioso, at 5'5". Who'd have thought? It's easy to forget that MotoGP's super- heroes are just ordinary blokes, but with unusual (indeed excep- tional) talents, and perhaps even more importantly, obsessional drive. Lorenzo's drive is particularly obsessive, ever since his fresh- faced start back in 2002, when he had to wait until the second day of practice before he was old enough. With Jorge, there's always been a special intensity, in word and deed. This is obviously not just from the way he keeps changing his THE LORENZO SANCTION Don't write off Lorenzo just yet.

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