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Lorenzo struggles to fourth

"Now the Championship is much more complicated, but hope is the last thing you can lose" – Jorge Lorenzo.
Looking to recover from a bad race in Brno, Jorge Lorenzo instead found himself on the back foot relative to MotoGP title leader Casey Stoner throughout the Indianapolis weekend.

Yamaha's reigning world champion never really found a set-up for the resurfaced track and struggled with front-tyre wear from as early as lap four of the race.

Third behind Stoner and his Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa for the first 16 laps, Lorenzo was caught and passed by team-mate Ben Spies, before just holding off third Repsol rider Andrea Dovizioso in the closing stages.

With Stoner winning his seventh race of the year, Lorenzo has now dropped 44 points behind the Australian with six rounds to go.

β€œIt's a shame; I thought I could reduce my gap with Casey at Indy but since the first practice I have had many problems with the asphalt and the front tyre. I've tried everything with my team to fix it, but we couldn't," confirmed Lorenzo.

"After four or five laps the front tyre was destroyed. I saw the other three front riders and their tyres were perfect. I don't know if it was because of the track and I'm not the only one complaining.

"Now the Championship is much more complicated, but hope is the last thing you can lose. Next weekend we ride again at Misano, I looking forward to forgetting this result."

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Sam Jones - Unregistered

August 29, 2011 1:16 PM

I think Jorge has a lot more than just hope - he is a great rider on a very good bike. Sure, Casey is doing brilliantly, but the championship is not over yet, and I have seen some strange things happen that can change the outcomes...more than once. Anyone who has seen the iTune video on Jorge knows what a gutsy and talent rider he is - remember Jorge is rider who really broke Rossi (Rossi could always claim the 07 Ducati was what beat him, not Stoner, but there no excuses with Yamaha v Yamaha). My hope is that Casey does win the championship, but also that Jorge uses his talent to lift the entertainment value of MotoGP for all of us and makes it a close contest. Really who wants to sit through what we had in Valentino's heyday all over again?

Bman - Unregistered

August 30, 2011 1:51 AM

All i want to see Stoner do is 2 more championships on the honda, than move to Yamaha, win one or 2 there, go to Suzuki and have a lash or maybe back to Ducati if he's bored. I reckon one championship on the Yamaha and this man has proved he is better than Rossi, on he same bike he is better, thats been proven. He will definitely have the G.O.A.T status because he can get the job done on any bike, anytime and anywhere!!!!

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