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PIC: Jorge Lorenzo highsies from Valencia lead

"I tried to overtake Ellison and made a mistake on the wet tarmac. A big highside" - Jorge Lorenzo.
These pictures show double MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo being launched from his Yamaha while leading Sunday's Valencia season finale (see below for further images).

The dramatic incident occurred as he attempted to lap James Ellison at the midway stage of the wet/dry 30-lap race. Lorenzo got into a tank-slapper, which turned into a highside on corner exit.

The #99 walked away sore, but without serious injury.

The Spaniard, who secured his second premier-class title at the previous Australian round, was on target for his seventh win of the season.

That instead went to Championship runner-up Dani Pedrosa, whom Lorenzo was leading by over four-seconds at the time of his fall.

“I'm happy because we are world champions and that is the most important thing. Maybe if we had arrived here without the title decided it could have been another story and I wouldn't be so happy," said Lorenzo, who was one of the few riders to correctly choose slick tyres on the grid.

"I had a lot of hopes to win today, I chose a really risky tyre strategy and I was making a really good race. Dani was catching me a little bit, but then I managed to have a four-second lead [after Pedrosa made a mistake].

"Then I came up to the slower riders and I'm not sure what happened, maybe the marshals didn't put up the blue flags quickly enough but I was losing time stuck behind them.

"I was behind Ellison and I thought he saw me, but he stayed on the racing line. I tried to overtake him and made a mistake on the wet tarmac. A big highside."

Lorenzo will return to the Valencia circuit on Tuesday for the start of winter testing, alongside 2013 team-mate Valentino Rossi.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the performance of Valentino with Yamaha and Marquez with Honda. It will be interesting," he said.

Tagged as: Yamaha , Jorge Lorenzo , Valencia

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November 11, 2012 4:11 PM

"those CRT's need to get the f**k out of the way" Thats what blue flags are meant to be for, if they were out I didnt see em, ellison was not the only one who didnt seem to realise the bike behind was one of the leaders so can't really blame him, lorenzo did have the option of not riding into the back of him, so kinda his own doing really.

Steve - Unregistered

November 11, 2012 4:16 PM

Blue flags actually mean faster rider approaching. It doesn't mean, get off the racing line. The onus is on the faster rider to pick a safe pass. Ellison did nothing wrong. Nasty fall all the same and was bad luck for JL.

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