‘We changed the ride height and it felt good’

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Jorge Lorenzo has come away sur­pris­ingly pos­i­tive from what looks on pa­per to be a dis­as­trous week­end, af­ter qual­i­fy­ing a dis­tant 16th, crash­ing out of the race in the first cor­ner, and head­ing into the third round with only five points on the board.

Can­didly ad­mit­ting af­ter Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing that he’s spent the en­tire pre-sea­son chas­ing the wrong di­rec­tion on his Ducati GP17 ma­chine, he now feels that he’s fi­nally made a sig­nif­i­cant break­through, and while he might not have got a chance to show it, he’s at last con­tent with his Ducati’s pace.

“It’s been a long time since I didn’t make the first cor­ner, and I’m dis­ap­pointed be­cause more than ever I needed to get kilo­me­tres and laps to keep im­prov­ing. But we changed the ride height of the bike over the week­end and in the warm-up I felt very good.

“In the first cor­ner though, I went to the in­side, there were a lot of bikes there, and some­how I found the wheel of An­drea Ian­none. I touched him just a lit­tle bit and I crashed. It was a bad mo­ment, be­cause there’s 10 days be­fore I can get on the bike again and I’d like to get back on to­mor­row! It’s hard to ac­cept, but at least I’m not in­jured and we’ve found a good way to con­tinue.”

Mak­ing a ma­jor al­ter­ation to the bike af­ter months of work­ing in what he now ac­cepts was the wrong di­rec­tion, Lorenzo says that he not only be­lieves he could have been strong in the Ar­gen­tine race but that he can get the sea­son kicked off in style in Texas in a few weeks’ time.

“Every time I ride the bike I im­prove so much. I made a mis­take try­ing to make the bike lower, but it was the wrong way. We were late to know it, but it’s bet­ter late than never. I think that with a good start and no prob­lems in the first few laps I could have bat­tled with Al­varo Bautista for fourth or fifth – that was my place.”

Lorenzo had nudged into the back of Ian­none’s Suzuki… …and now he has to wait un­til Texas to have an­other try

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