LORENZO MAK­ING FUR­THER STRIDES

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While the head­lines in the Du­cati camp were squarely fo­cused on An­drea Dovizioso, Jorge Lorenzo rode ar­guably his best ride for the Ital­ian man­u­fac­turer since mak­ing the switch from Yamaha at the start of the sea­son.

Fin­ish­ing fourth af­ter lead­ing in the early stages, drop­ping back and then re­group­ing to come home only nine sec­onds be­hind Dovi, the Spa­niard was pleased af­ter the race with a re­sult ev­ery bit as tac­ti­cally suc­cess­ful as his team-mate’s win.

“I’m sat­is­fied with my race, be­cause ev­ery week we want to learn some­thing new and I was able to lead Mar­quez by half-a-sec­ond in the open­ing laps. But I knew I couldn’t keep up that pace. I was able to be gen­tle with my tyres all race, a lit­tle softer on the throt­tle, and it meant that I was able to catch the sec­ond group and pass them at the end.

“I was only 10 sec­onds from the leader, which is a good re­sult. Ob­vi­ously, I want to win and fourth place isn’t where I want to be, but ev­ery time we are closer, and I just need a more nat­u­ral bike to get my po­ten­tial out. Right now, I don’t feel very nat­u­ral on the bike – we can do good races but not ex­cep­tional races.”

Lorenzo also ad­mit­ted af­ter the race that while the last few months have been tough on him, they’ve also made him a bet­ter and more com­plete Mo­togp racer.

“I’m get­ting fewer good re­sults than I was in the past and it’s dif­fi­cult for me to get to grips with that, but we’ll never know what would have hap­pened in­stead. But in terms of learn­ing some things and im­prov­ing, I wouldn’t have done that if I had stayed with the team I was with.

“In the past I suf­fered so much in hot con­di­tions, be­cause I was one of the rid­ers who opened the throt­tle ear­li­est and it made me spin. But in th­ese last races, I’ve learned more how to save the tyre and I’ve im­proved a lot.”

‘I’m sat­is­fied with my race, be­cause ev­ery week we want to learn some­thing new’ JORGE LORENZO

Once again Lorenzo was able to lead in the early stages

Nor­mal ser­vice is al­most re­sumed…

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