LORENZO STRUG­GLES

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Jorge Lorenzo came home a dis­tant 15th at Assen – a cir­cuit that has haunted the 30-year-old since he smashed his col­lar­bone there in 2013.

The Du­cati rider had looked fi­nally to have found the wet weather per­for­mance that de­serted him last sea­son, but with Sun­day’s race bring­ing just enough rain to af­fect grip but not enough to re­quire rain tyres, he was left at a com­plete loss by the lack of grip.

He said: “I wasn’t re­ally fast in the dry, but I was re­ally con­sis­tent and I was faster than Ian­none and get­ting closer to the group in front.

“But when it started to spit with rain, I dropped my pace so much faster than the guys in front and I ended up in 15th. At that point, I thought that I had noth­ing to lose, so I took the gam­ble to change bikes for the wet. But it didn’t pay off and it didn’t rain any more, and the rain tyres were too soft for the con­di­tions.

“It was a race like the ones in 2014 or 2016; un­for­tu­nately, with th­ese change­able weather con­di­tions I’m just not able to be fast. Week­ends like that were al­ways the worst with the Yamaha and that hasn’t changed.”

It wasn’t wet enough… or dry enough

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