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Lorenzo rues 'tyre mistake'

Joint series leader Jorge Lorenzo qualifies fifth for the German Grand Prix at the Sachsenring, behind fellow Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow.
Jorge Lorenzo says an erroneous decision to complete so many laps on his tyre prevented him from making it onto the front row for the German Grand Prix, though he feels confident of a good result from fifth.

The Yamaha rider, who comes to the Sachsenring level on points at the head of the table with Casey Stoner, concedes he hasn't been comfortable on the M1 in wet conditions this weekend, particularly with his pained ankle, but was happier with the machine during qualifying.

Despite this, Lorenzo rarely looked like a pole position threat as the ever-changing timesheets reacted to the improving conditions in the closing stages, the Spaniard's slightly worn tyre forcing him to settle for fifth place, behind fellow Yamaha riders Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow.

“I feel much better every day, I can manage on the bike quite well but I'm still not 100 per cent. We can do well tomorrow whatever the conditions I think.

“Qualifying was difficult today, we made a mistake with the tyre and did too may laps on it at the end of the practice. Second row is not so bad so let's see. I'd like it to be dry but of course you can't choose the weather!”



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King Kenny - Unregistered

July 07, 2012 10:23 PM

Well, the lap sheets are available on the motogp.com site. You can see Lorenzo put the double of laps on his tyres than Stoner (28, 15). That said, if that's the reason, it's his own fault, his and his team's. But judging from Lorenzo's smile in his box after qualifying, I'd say he isn't too disappointed or worried. And that's a good sign. So we'll see tomorrow how thing develop. Aparently, a dry or dry-ish race.



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