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Jorge Lorenzo’s night­mare sea­son con­tin­ued at Sun­day’s Bri­tish Grand Prix, with the reign­ing world cham­pion still un­able to get to grips with Mo­togp’s new Miche­lins.

The Spa­niard has all but ruled him­self out of the ti­tle fight with an eighth place fin­ish that now sees him a huge 64 points adrift of Marc Mar­quez and 14 points be­hind Valentino Rossi.

He said: “We took a gam­ble with our set­ting. We wanted to try it in the warm-up but be­cause of the rain we couldn’t try it, so we de­cided to gam­ble and make the bike harder on the sus­pen­sion as that’s what we did in 2012 and it worked - but it did not work this year.

“It did not ab­sorb the bumps, it made it much worse. We lost rear grip and from the be­gin­ning, and even on the warm up lap, I had less rear grip. In the first laps be­hind Pe­drosa, he had much more cor­ner speed and drive than me, and I knew it would be dif­fi­cult.”

Lorenzo now ad­mits that it’s look­ing un­likely that he’ll be able to de­fend his crown: “I don’t care about the cham­pi­onship be­cause we are not com­pet­i­tive and have lost a lot of points. For some rea­son, there has al­ways been some­thing to make us lose points. Let’s see if we are OK at Misano in the dry, be­cause we can be one of the fastest in the dry, and if it rains we can try to make an­other step for­ward.”

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