Jorge Lorenzo said there was no strategy during his thrilling final lap showdown with MotoGP championship rival Dani Pedrosa at Brno on Sunday.
“On the last lap for sure there wasn't any strategy,” said Lorenzo. “You just put your balls on the table and try your best!”
Inseparable for the entire race, Lorenzo delivered what he hoped would be a winning pass with a surprise move at turn seven, with just a few corners remaining.
“I made this overtake in 2004 when I won the race. It was very similar. It was the only way to overtake Dani because we struggled a bit with braking,” explained the Yamaha rider.
“The pass worked, but I still didn't win. So we have to learn for next time.”
Pedrosa was able to re-pass Lorenzo by pulling alongside on the uphill run to the final chicane. The Honda rider then won a close out-braking duel, aided by his position on the inside of the turn.
With hindsight, Lorenzo felt that he should have covered the inside line heading into the last turn.
“If I had stayed on the outside exiting the penultimate corner than it would have been much harder for Dani to get the inside line into the final chicane,” said Lorenzo. “He would have had to go around the outside.
“Also Dani is very light and had a lot of acceleration up the hill. So he played his cards well and I wasn't very good. This was my mistake and his opportunity.”
Lorenzo, seeking his second MotoGP title, is now just 13-points ahead of fellow Spaniard Pedrosa with six rounds to go.