Jorge Lorenzo says he is satisfied to be leaving Indianapolis with a second place finish under his belt after turning in a solid result on an otherwise indifferent weekend.
Having built his title challenge on impressive consistency – currently his DNF at Assen is his only finish outside the top two this season -, Lorenzo looked to be in difficulty at times over the weekend as he struggled to find a consistent set-up on the Yamaha.
Nonetheless, having qualified in second position, Lorenzo would finish where he started, even if his cause was perhaps aided by Ben Spies retiring ahead of him and Casey Stoner being hampered by his ankle injury.
Indeed, though Lorenzo conceded his decision to use the softer rear tyre wasn't the right one, he was content to have just five points shaved off his overall advantage.
“We thought that the soft tyre could finish the race well so we took a risk with it. At the beginning it wasn't so bad and I could follow Ben and Dani. Then Ben had his engine failure which was lucky for my position but I am so sorry for him.
“Dani was a little step forward today and had a tyre advantage in the end. Anyway, second was the best we could do which is very good for the Championship.”
Lorenzo currently holds an 18 point lead over Pedrosa and 39 points over Stoner in the overall standings.