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Lorenzo: I was very lucky

“In the last lap I almost crashed. I have been very, very lucky because one '0' here would mean the championship was much more difficult” – Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo was lucky to escape with most of his MotoGP title lead intact after almost falling just one corner before the Malaysian Grand Prix was red flagged.

The Yamaha star led for the first nine laps at a soaking Sepang, but with title rival Dani Pedrosa in his wheeltracks throughout.

The Repsol Honda rider then overtook Lorenzo on the brakes at the final turn of lap 10, just as the rain intensified.

Lorenzo, who unlike Pedrosa and third place Casey Stoner had chosen the softer wet rear tyre, was starting to struggle for grip in the worsening conditions.

Numerous riders fell - including the three other Yamahas, also on the soft rear tyre - and Lorenzo began gesturing that the conditions were becoming too dangerous.

The Spaniard was starting to come under pressure from Stoner when he suffered a big moment under braking at the final turn of lap 14, which put the Australian almost alongside by the exit (pictured).

Red flags then appeared as they crossed the start/finish line and the results were taken from the end of the previous lap (13 of 20).

However if Lorenzo had crashed and been unable to return his bike to the pits in time, he would not have been classified or part of any restart.

"Today was a very difficult race for us, because we chose the soft rear tyre and Casey and Dani chose the hard," confirmed Lorenzo.

"The conditions were not so wet [at the start], so I pushed at the beginning to try and get a big advantage to administrate.

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Dylan - Unregistered

October 21, 2012 12:00 PM

I don't question the racing being stopped I question the moment they red flagged it. Why didn't they run the extra 2 laps needed to stop it? Why did Dorna stop the race when only one rider asked to stop it? and btw the rider who was just to be overtaken! Dorna screwed it big time and Lorenzo will be the most unworthy champion I can remember of in MotoGP!

django - Unregistered

October 21, 2012 11:55 AM

OMG now even Dorna wants Gorge to win the WC this many did crash and they didnt do nothing . and gorge slips 1 time and gets chicken and puts his hand up and they stop the race . if it was dani who puts his hand up they didnt stop the race...chicken chicken chicken ...lucky again this year Gorge !!!!

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