LORENZO: ‘I WASN’T FAST ENOUGH’
Reigning champion Jorge Lorenzo frankly admitted in the aftermath of Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix that he that he simply did not have the pace to challenge team-mate Valentino Rossi and race-winner Dani Pedrosa.
Showing stunning pace during Saturday’s qualifying to obliterate the Misano circuit’s best lap not once but twice en route to pole position, Lorenzo started the race as one of the clear favourites – with a win seemingly crucial to helping him find his mojo for the remaining races of the season.
However, with rising track temperatures for the race, the Spaniard simply did not have the pace on the day to stay in touch with the leaders as they pulled away from him.
“I cannot be very happy, but at the same time I can’t be too sad because a podium is a podium. I did my best to keep on the wheel of first Rossi and then Dani, but he was clearly faster than me. Sunday was the Day of Dani, and he rode unbelievably and deserved the victory.
“I tried all the race to close the gap to Rossi, but I couldn’t. It wasn’t my day and they were faster, and sometimes you just have to accept that. We now have to just keep working in the areas where we need to improve and keep going.”
However, there was one doubt remaining in Lorenzo’s mind about what he could have done differently after the race. Using the medium front tyre, Lorenzo never tried the soft tyres that took Dani Pedrosa to victory, the Yamaha rider conceded that he may have made a mistake.
“The hardest option was the worst, because of the conditions. The medium one was ok, but with the soft one we’ll never know. Maybe in the warm-up was a good time to try. The medium was probably the right choice, but the soft could have been better.”
‘Sunday was the Day of Dani. He rode unbelievably for the victory’ JORGE LORENZO
Fast but not fast enough for Lorenzo