Lorenzo finds se­cret to suc­cess in warm-up crash

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Jorge Lorenzo found the se­cret for suc­cess that he needed to chal­lenge for the podium in Sun­day’s race in the most un­likely of places, when a fast crash dur­ing warm-up brought the mo­ment of in­spi­ra­tion he needed to take on Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo strug­gled all week­end to find both the pace and the tyre op­tion he needed to run at the front, only just pulling out a sur­prise per­for­mance in qual­i­fy­ing to se­cure a front-row start.

But, in­spi­ra­tion came at the eleventh hour when un­fore­seen cir­cum­stances forced him down a path that has so far been un­fa­mil­iar this sea­son – us­ing Miche­lin’s hard rear tyre.

“Some­times a neg­a­tive thing cre­ates a pos­i­tive thing,” Lorenzo said. “My warm-up crash made me do two laps be­fore the start to try both bikes. Nor­mally we just make one lap but be­cause we wanted to check the crashed bike we made two. And I felt OK when I tried the first bike with the hard rear tyre.

“Dur­ing the prac­tice I didn’t like the feel­ing with the hard. When I tried the sec­ond bike with the soft, I didn’t feel the same. I felt the bike mov­ing more in ac­cel­er­a­tion and brak­ing, so on the grid it was dif­fi­cult to choose be­cause nor­mally it’s dif­fi­cult to de­cide in this sit­u­a­tion to change at the last minute. But my in­stinct af­ter the crash made me go with the hard.

“We were fast from the be­gin­ning, con­sis­tent, and I put ev­ery­thing on the track. In a very dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion where we ex­pected to fin­ish sixth or sev­enth, we were shown that a race can sur­prise you in a pos­i­tive way and you fin­ish sec­ond, very close to the win­ner.”

And, once again show­ing signs of typ­i­cal Lorenzo bril­liance af­ter a dif­fi­cult few rounds, he even con­ceded that de­spite his com­plaints last time out about team­mate Rossi’s ag­gres­sive moves, he en­joyed the bat­tle that went down to the penul­ti­mate lap.

“No­body wanted to be passed, and

from the be­gin­ning Mav­er­ick, Marc and my­self wanted to stay in the lead. We were very ag­gres­sive. I had fun in the first laps, then the race got sta­ble and I didn’t have the pace with the full tank like Rossi or Mav­er­ick.

“But sud­denly every lap I felt bet­ter, I could brake later and I could re­cover the gap to Mav­er­ick and Valentino. When I passed Rossi I started to lose the pace, so Rossi was able to stay be­hind and I knew he wanted to try in the last lap. I was lucky this time he made this mis­take un­der brak­ing, as I’m sure our fight would have gone to the last cor­ner.”

Rossi held on to Lorenzo af­ter he’d been passed, but made a mis­take on the penul­ti­mate lap

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