LORENZO LOSES GRIP
NO GAIN IN SPAIN World champion denied chance of victory as Valentino Rossi ‘does a Lorenzo’
Jorge Lorenzo was left rueing what could have been in Jerez, after problems with his Michelin tyres left him unable to do anything to stop the total domination of Sunday’s race by his team-mate Valentino Rossi.
Confident that he had the pace to get away with Rossi and to challenge for the victory, he suffered from excessive spin from his rear Michelin and was forced to watch Rossi ‘do a Lorenzo’ by disappearing off in the race.
He said: “Not making a good start made it difficult in the opening stages of the race, and when I tried to get past Valentino and ride a little better at the front of the race, I braked a little too late. Rossi was faster in the first part of the race, and I lost him little by little.
“I started to recover some of the gap to him, but then the rear started to spin in a straight line on the centre; something I’ve never had happen before. I had to slow down, but I know that we could have won the race today.”
The tyre issue comes as yet another blow to Lorenzo’s title hopes after a strong pre-season that seemed set to deliver an easy title defence. Immediately at ease with the new tyres in testing, many of his rivals commented on how his smooth style would suit the high corner speed rubber.
But, as Michelin have continued to expand the options available, both as part of their development and as a response to Scott Redding’s tyre failure incident in Argentina, Lorenzo has been one of those who seems less able to take a benefit from them.
Despite his rocky start to the 2016 season, he still remains very much in the title hunt. Now 17 points behind title leader Marc Marquez despite his Argentinian DNF and his fellow Spaniard’s dominance last time out in Austin, Lorenzo was happy to leave Jerez a little closer to the man he sees as his main rival.
“Rossi crashed in Austin, which helped us. And now we have recovered four more points from Marc. I’m frustrated with the problem with the tyre but at least we closed down the gap. I’m also happy to have taken my 100th podium in Jerez. It means that I’m very consistent in Motogp, and I’m proud that only three other riders have done it before me!”