Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement
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Why Lorenzo needs to ditch social media and enjoy retirement

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OPINION: Jorge Lorenzo's status as one of the greatest MotoGP riders of all time is hard to dispute. But his constant social media spats with fellow riders and insistence on listing his achievements to his detractors are running the risk of tarnishing a legacy he worked hard to create.

If you had earned millions of euros, could go anywhere, do anything you wanted and surround yourself with anyone you wanted, what would you do? If you’re Jorge Lorenzo, apparently you’d spend your time glued to social media, reminding all your haters just how brilliant you are and getting into spats with other MotoGP riders.

The latest ugly episode took place during Qatar pre-season testing, sparked by a picture of Cal Crutchlow picking bits of gravel out of his crash helmet after sliding off his Yamaha at Turn 2. Since the Losail International Circuit came onto the MotoGP calendar in 2004, you’d be hard-pressed to find any rider who hasn’t been caught out by the Turn 2 left-hander. You’ve just blasted along a one-kilometre straight, which you enter by turning right and end doing the same thing. In that time the left-hand side of the front tyre has cooled off considerably.

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