LORENZO GAMBLES AND LOSES AS HIS TITLE HOPES FADE
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.”