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MotoGP Catalunya: Lorenzo: I've had better days

'I've had worse days, but also better ones. To finish six tenths behind pole is something I didn't expect' - Jorge Lorenzo
Jorge Lorenzo managed to secure a front row start for tomorrow's Catalunya MotoGP in Spain despite missing out on vital track time in final qualifying due to a clutch issue.

The Factory Yamaha rider maintained his unbroken run of top three starts this season, lapping in 1m 41.566s to finish behind Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow.

Lorenzo sealed third position on the grid after only seven laps in Q2 after he was forced to pull into the pits with a clutch problem.

“I've had worse days, but also better ones. To finish six tenths behind pole is something I didn't expect,” said Lorenzo.

“Dani did an incredible lap. Close to perfection. And we had this little, or big, problem in the clutch.

“So we lost five or seven minutes and then I only had two fast laps,” he added.

“The problem was that I didn't feel exactly the same with the spare bike, but anyway pole position was impossible today and second or third doesn't matter so much.”

Lorenzo expects 'three or four' riders to be in contention for victory in Barcelona tomorrow, when the defending world champion believes mental stamina will be a deciding factor in the outcome.

“The weather is so hot and the time difference between one fast lap and race pace is so big,” he said.

“It is a completely different story. I believe three or four riders have a similar pace.

“So the riders that are the most consistent and mentally hard over a long distance will have a big advantage. We hope to be one of those guys.”

Lorenzo walked away unhurt following a spill in the morning session at turn five.

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lean two

June 15, 2013 8:53 PM

Crashing his #1 bike and frying his clutch isn't good for the confidence, (and he needs a boost) but taking his #2 bike to the front row should inspire him, and better that he fryed the clutch here in qualifing then launching the bike in the race... hopefully its a tight race, as well all know, Dani is a demon on poll, Cal could be the fly in the oinement, but like in the last race, maybe Jorge will take them in the 1st turn and then, battle royale!!!!

V4Poweeeer

June 16, 2013 2:48 AM
Last Edited 407 days ago

Low grip high temp me thinks this is a Honda weekend on the current bridgestones and Jorge will lose that precious edge grip and might ride around like he did at Jerez and salvage some points. Or he might just wipe the floor with everyone.



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