LORENZO MAKING FURTHER STRIDES
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
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