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It looks like things are already coming to a head in the run up to this weekend’s Argentian round of MotoGP with Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi winding each other up.

It happened at the pre-event press conference. Lorenzo was asked about how he was dealing with the threat of more booing and animosity from Rossi-friendly sections of the crowd following the boos he faced on the podium after winning in Qatar in the first round.

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The answer from the Majorcan was a clear pop at Rossi, he said: “Everyone knows who can solve this, or you can understand and imagine how this can be solved, but they are not interested…”

Lorenzo and Marc Marquez – the pair who are likely to get the most hassle from so-called Rossi ‘fans’ if they bag a result this weekend – both said that they weren’t put off by the thought of any hostility. Marquez said: “The only thing that has worried me about this weekend was when there was a problem with an engine on the plane as we got ready to fly out to this meeting. Other than that, there’s nothing that worries me about racing in Argentina.”

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Any thoughts of Rossi looking diffuse any potential situation were soon quashed though, when he was asked about the rise in vocal hostility towards Lorenzo and Marquez the nine-times world champion said: “I have nothing to say.”

Later on though, speaking to Spanish journalist Carles Perez, Rossi added: “It’s not my fault, for me it is the press that makes the problem bigger. But it’s the fans and between fans there are always good and bad. I do not think that it’s a problem.”

Marquez also chipped in with this: “It’s something that happens in football but in the end the atmosphere is one that was created last year. I’m not stupid and I know that will be the tone for the whole year.”

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Tony Carter

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