Lorenzo offers olive branch to Rossi

Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo has attempted calm the simmering tensions between himself and teammate Valentino Rossi ahead of Sunday’s season-ending Valencia Grand Prix.

Rossi currently leads second-placed Marquez by seven points on the Moto GP World Championship standings, but either man is still capable of winning the title on Sunday.

The Italian’s chances of grabbing points in Valencia have been seriously impeded by being placed at the back of the starting grid – his penalty for forcing Marc Marquez off line and into the gravel in the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit in October.

Lorenzo subsequently declared that the punishment was inadequate and attempted to challenge Rossi’s appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to have the sanctions rescinded.

It has since been reported that Lorenzo could walk away from Movistar when his contract ends in 2016, but the Spaniard says this is not his first choice.

"I have one more year on my contract and my intention is to stay with Yamaha, not only until I retire but also later,” he told Marca.

“All marriages have some moments of disagreement, but Valentino and myself form one of the best teams in the world and my idea remains the same: to continue".

Just a day earlier Massimo Meregalli, the Movistar racing director, said that he was "very disappointed in Jorge Lorenzo".

"Not because he decided to intervene in the Rossi CAS proceedings, but because he failed to inform us beforehand. Valentino did so at all times," he said.

When asked about the possibility of Lorenzo staying with the team beyond 2016, Meregalli said; "It's not the time to talk about Jorge's future. The future is now, on Sunday."

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