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