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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

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