Lorenzo and Petrucci slip down the field

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

While An­drea Dovizioso might have been able to take pos­i­tives from his per­for­mance, Jorge Lorenzo and Danilo Petrucci suf­fered a much more dif­fi­cult week­end with tyre is­sues.

Lorenzo came home in 11th de­spite show­ing strong pace at the start of the race. He said: “I man­aged to do four or five laps at a good pace in the early stages and I was rac­ing at a good pace un­til the per­for­mance dropped off on the left side of the rear tyre. In the fi­nal stages, how­ever, I had to re­duce my pace be­cause the bike was spin­ning un­der ac­cel­er­a­tion.

“At Assen and here there were two or three cor­ners where I was los­ing too much time to the lead­ing group. I hope that we will not have the same prob­lems at the next tracks.”

Petrucci suf­fered sim­i­lar is­sues on the satel­lite-run fac­tory bike de­spite also show­ing early prom­ise as he got in­volved with the bat­tle for fourth, and was left to come home one place be­hind Lorenzo in 12th, de­spite man­ag­ing to spend a few laps longer than the Spa­niard run­ning at the front.

“I felt vi­bra­tions on the left side from the warm-up lap and thought that I just had to warm the tyre up, but the more laps I did on it the worse the vi­bra­tions got un­til it was very dif­fi­cult. Af­ter seven or eight laps, I started to be afraid I’d crash. It felt like I was tow­ing a trailer, be­cause of the way the rear was slid­ing around. On the data we saw strange slid­ing and spin­ning and we don’t know why. It’s a shame, be­cause start­ing from the front row a top five fin­ish was pos­si­ble.”

‘It felt like I was tow­ing a trailer with the way the rear was slid­ing’ DANILO PETRUCCI

Tyre trou­ble made life dif­fi­cult for for­mer cham­pion Lorenzo

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.