MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo has hit out at his former sponsor Sector, suggesting the Italian firm tried to use the late-season controversies to its advantage.
Sector, an Italian watch manufacturer, announced ahead of the Valencia finale that it was ending in sponsorship deal with Lorenzo, saying the events leading to the championship decider no longer represented the values that it represented.
"Sector No Limits has always been an expression of the values of sportsmanship, challenge, healthy competition and integrity," the company's official statement read.
"[These values] do not concur with the events that have occurred in recent weeks as part of the MotoGP World Championship."
The announcement came following the controversy surrounding MotoGP after the clash between Lorenzo's Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi and Honda's Marc Marquez at in the Malaysian Grand Prix.
On Monday, over a month after the Sector statement was released, Lorenzo's management suggested Sector had taken advantage of the opportunity to manipulate the situation.
In a statement, Lorenzo's management said that, in fact, Sector and the Spaniard had already agreed to not renew their agreement in September, before all the controversy.
The statement read: "In reference to the press release distributed by Sector on November 5 stating that it was ending its sponsorship of Jorge Lorenzo because the sporting values, integrity and healthy competition had not been respected, we would like to clarify that:
"In September of 2015, it was agreed by mutual consent and in writing that, after three years, Sector would not renew its sponsorship for the upcoming year, and the firm was notified that Chinese smartphone maker Zopo would take its place, without any objections.
"We have not announced the agreement with Zopo anywhere out of respect for the Italian firm that supported us for three years.
"Sector never informed any member of Jorge Lorenzo's team that it would send a press release during the Valencia Grand Prix to that effect.
"We deeply regret any attempts of populism, opportunism or manipulation from the company, trying to benefit from the events of the past weeks to last out against our sport and against our rider ahead of such a decisive grand prix."