MotoGP »

Lorenzo: I used to hate the rain

“I was so scared of the rain when I was younger, because almost 90% of the time I would crash” – Jorge Lorenzo.
MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo has explained how he made the transformation from a woeful wet weather rider to deliver a perfect rain-riding display at Le Mans on Sunday.

Lorenzo, who made his grand prix debut in 2002, didn't stand on the podium of any wet weather race - grand prix or otherwise - until a third place at the inaugural 2008 Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The 2010 MotoGP champion's first wet victory then finally came at Jerez last year, although Sunday's victory was the first in soaking conditions.

Lorenzo won the French Grand Prix by almost ten seconds.

“I used to really hate racing in the rain,” he confessed. “I was so scared of the rain when I was younger, because almost 90% of the time I would crash.

“Anyway after five or six years I said 'ok, I have to improve my riding in the wet'. So I went to some go-kart tracks with little bikes, watered the track and keep training and training and training until wet conditions were more normal for me.

“I got it. I was faster. More consistent. Less risky. Now it's been a few years since I 've done that training, but I've kept the skills and I'm quite competitive in the rain.”

The Yamaha star's second victory from four starts has put him back on top of the standings, by eight points over reigning double champion Casey Stoner (Honda).

“It's nice to be eight points ahead of Casey because in this kind of race you could easily be 25-26 points behind him after a crash,” said Lorenzo. “It's important to be there.

“Now we are waiting for improvements with the bike that will maybe come very soon, especially for the dry races.

“We are optimistic and very happy with this victory.”

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Lorenzo, French MotoGP 2012
Private testing action from Barcelona
Morning (left) and afternoon (right) lap times from Weds at Barcelona test
Marquez fall at private Barcelona test
Barcelona Circuit of Catalunya chicane final sector
New Catalunya chicane during private test
New chicane in use at Catalunya MotoGP test
Pedrosa, Zarco, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Baz, French MotoGP 2017
Rossi, Vinales, French MotoGP 2017
Iannone, French MotoGP 2017
Folger, French MotoGP 2017
Crowd, French MotoGP 2017
Dovizioso, Crutchlow, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Zarco, Rossi, French MotoGP 2017
Vinales, Zarco, Rossi, French MotoGP 2017

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

Andrea - Unregistered

May 22, 2012 8:18 AM

I don't know what everyone wants from him. He is the prove of hard work. Jorge knows he hasn't the best talented rider or the fastest but he keeps working on it, never give up and finally..being fast. Personally, I like JL more than any other riders

Jon Don Letoy - Unregistered

May 22, 2012 10:34 AM

C'mon guys, its Lorenshow... if you don't want to see the show... There's an exit button on the upper right of your screen. Give the boy some respect, its his moment... enjoy it while he is still around. He is the one that can match or even stop Stoner at the moment. Hopefully The doctor will join the party soon or later.

© 1999 - 2017 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.