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Dizzy Lorenzo battles to 'unbelievable' sixth

22 July 2013

By Stephen English

Reigning MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo defied his shoulder injuries to claim an 'unbelievable' sixth place in the US GP at Laguna Seca.

The Spaniard has required surgery on a broken collarbone twice in the last three events, yet only missed one race!

Having claimed a fifth at Assen, just days after the original break, Lorenzo admitted that his second miracle ride proved a tougher prospect on his weakened body.

The Yamaha star, whose bent collarbone plate had to be replaced last weekend in Germany, felt dizzy and light headed during the 32-lap American race, but the ten points he claimed could prove vital.

"We are still in the fight for the championship so I am very proud," said Lorenzo. "It was a difficult race because we were slower than the Hondas and I wasn't in a very good physical condition.

“I needed more air during the race and I felt light headed and dizzy during it. Two operations in one month and no training means that at this level what I did today was unbelievable."

Lorenzo has now fallen 26 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez and ten points from Dani Pedrosa, also struggling with a collarbone injury.

But with some vital recovery time now available due to the summer break - and nine more races remaining - Lorenzo continues to have his sights set on nothing less than a third premier class championship.

"If at Indianapolis I am in perfect conditions and can fight again for the victory. When you compare the situation with what could have been without crashing at Assen or Sachsenring... In the races that I should have been at home I came and got 21 points, so I am proud and happy with my results.

"I will work from now on to be in a position to win races and recover these points. I won't be 100% at Indy because the bone needs two months to recover, but I will be much better than here and I am also waiting for some improvements from the Yamaha so I am confident I can recover those points."

The Indianapolis round takes place from August 16-18.


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