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Mugello MotoGP: Lorenzo sorry for 'risky' turn one move
4 June 2013
Jorge Lorenzo's race winning pass came at the very first turn of Sunday's Italian MotoGP at Mugello - and the world champion was quick to admit it had been 'too aggressive'.
Starting second on the grid behind title leader Dani Pedrosa, the Spaniards had maintained their respective positions as they arrived at the sweeping first corner.
But when Pedrosa drifted a little wide at the apex, Lorenzo lunged underneath, forcing Pedrosa to lift his Honda to avoid contact.
“I knew I had to try to overtake Dani as soon as possible,” explained Lorenzo. “I was too aggressive to be honest. I almost touched Dani and it was a risky movement. I say sorry to Dani because it was very risky. Like in Brno last year I saw he was wide a little bit and I had to try. Luckily I didn't touch him.”
Pedrosa also felt the move was too aggressive for the first corner.
“I didn't have a good start, I made a big wheelie so I tried to brake late, but the brakes were a little cold,” he said. “I missed a little the edge of the corner. So I opened the door and I knew Jorge would try it, because last year he did the same move.
“But at first he was not there and I thought 'maybe I have covered the gap'. But suddenly he showed the front wheel, so I more or less picked up the bike. But then he stopped turning. I thought he would keep turning inside and then he went wider.
“That was when I had to really pick up the bike because the wheels were almost together. For me, it was aggressive for the first corner but I was lucky to stay on.”
Pedrosa and Repsol Honda team-mate Marc Marquez then matched Lorenzo for the first half of the race. Indeed, both Hondas were quicker than Lorenzo in terms of best race lap, but momentum swung toward the #99 from mid-distance and he was able to break clear for a third successive Mugello win.
“We knew with the high temperatures we could struggle much more than in the warm-up," said Lorenzo. "In the warm-up I was relatively easy in the 1m 47.5-47.6s, but in the race it was impossible to stay in the 47s.
"I waited a little bit until the fuel was less full, then I could brake a bit later and find the extra two tenths a lap that were key to this victory.”
Lorenzo's first victory since round one in Qatar means he has moved to second in the standings, but a poor wet race at the previous Le Mans round means he is twelve points from fellow double 2013 winner Pedrosa.
“We finished seventh in Le Mans and that was not good for the championship,” said Lorenzo.
“Without that we could be close to Dani. Now we are twelve points behind. It is not too big but we have to keep going fast and finishing on the podium if we want to win the championship. We need to improve the bike at other tracks where we struggle more.”
Next up is the second Spanish round of the year, the Grand Prix of Catalunya.
“Riding in your home grand prix is always a big motivation for all the Spanish riders,” said Lorenzo. “Montmelo is also one of my favourite tracks. It is a good track for smooth riding and flowing change of directions. Let's see if we can improve our little problem in the hot conditions. We are fully motivated after this victory. I really pleased and calm.”
Pedrosa took victory at the first Spanish event, held at Jerez, when Lorenzo lost second place to rookie Marquez after a clash at the very final corner.