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Czech MotoGP: Tough defeat for Lorenzo to swallow

"I cannot do much to defend against the Hondas" - Jorge Lorenzo.
UPDATE 2: Tweet from Rossi's mechanic Alex Briggs (@Alex__Briggs): "We stayed in Brno 2 test 2day [Monday]. It rained. We packed up. Keep it under your hats!"

UPDATE 1: Yamaha to remain at Brno for a test session on Monday.

Jorge Lorenzo couldn't hide his disappointment after being unable to contain the Hondas at Brno, leaving his MotoGP title hopes in tatters.

Yamaha's reigning double world champion led for 15 of the 22 laps, but was constantly shadowed by Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

Lorenzo successfully retaliated when title leader Marquez first took the lead, but the rookie burst back in front for good with four laps to go - with his team-mate Dani Pedrosa then relegating Lorenzo to third shortly after.

The next best Yamaha rider, Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi, finished ten seconds from victory.

"I am really disappointed because now I feel I am in the best shape of my career," said a glum Lorenzo. "I got a good start and the first lap I was very fast, but I cannot do much to defend against the Hondas. Anyway we had fun today, with the fight with Marc. I tried to stay with them to the end and most importantly I'm proud because I'm doing the best job I can do."

Marquez is now 26 points clear of Pedrosa with seven rounds to go. Meanwhile Lorenzo has slipped to 44 points, almost two race wins, behind Marquez.

"Not so much - pray and be patient!" smiled Lorenzo, when asked what to expect at Silverstone next weekend. "The championship is not lost yet but it's very difficult now."

Lorenzo added: "This year is a little more easy than [when defending his first title] in 2011, because then we were losing almost one-second sometimes in practice but could sometimes win the race.

"This time we are better, but Honda has improved its past weak points a lot. Also I got injured two times this year, that is why I am so far from Marc in the championship. But even without these injuries it could be difficult to win the title this year.

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