Lorenzo crash: ‘I wasn’t rid­ing well so couldn’t fo­cus enough’

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Jorge Lorenzo may have got his Du­cati deal pretty much all sewn up but his per­for­mance in Sun­day’s race was far from what the reign­ing champ had hoped for. His out-ofchar­ac­ter tum­ble saw him fail to score any points.

Per­haps even more sur­pris­ing than his fall, though, was his ad­mis­sion af­ter­wards that the crash came af­ter a lack of pace in the wet-but- dry­ing con­di­tions left him un­able to con­cen­trate.

“Con­di­tions were not good, but they were the same for ev­ery­one. Half the riders crashed, and I didn’t know how to ride the same as the front riders in the race – and I didn’t have the con­cen­tra­tion to stay on.

“Turn one was a dif­fi­cult cor­ner, be­cause there was just one tight line and ev­ery other line had damp patches. If you went too fast or too wide, you could eas­ily crash. I made a mis­take there. Un­der dry con­di­tions or when it is fully wet, I am very fo­cused, but today I wasn’t rid­ing well and wasn’t fo­cused.”

A rider who has in the past had a prob­lem with his con­fi­dence in wet con­di­tions af­ter a num­ber of hor­rific high-speed crashes in the wet, Lorenzo has worked hard to get over his wet track aver­sion, ev­i­denced by his pace in the rain last year. But, with Sun­day’s con­di­tions be­ing nei­ther wet nor dry, he ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that it’s some­thing he needs to work on.

“If we’re lucky these con­di­tions won’t hap­pen too of­ten, but if they do we need to learn from today’s mis­takes. I wasn’t com­pet­i­tive – that’s why I wasn’t fo­cused enough. I wasn’t as fast as the oth­ers, and in the end they stayed on and I did not.

“I need to try to learn some­thing, and try to be pos­i­tive about it. Nor­mally we race un­der dry con­di­tions, and un­der those con­di­tions we are com­pletely com­pet­i­tive. When it is com­pletely wet, we are also com­pet­i­tive, but this is a strange track with strange tar­mac, and today there were some very strange con­di­tions.”

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