On the day he celebrates both his birthday and his 200th GP start, Jorge Lorenzo had little to shout about during his home Grand Prix of Spain after labouring home in fourth place following a race that he described as 'worse than expected'.

All smiles after qualifying second on the grid, Lorenzo - turning 27 today - had been confident his Yamaha could mount a victory challenge, but a poor start would immediately leave him on the back foot and once Marc Marquez escaped into the lead, he couldn't maintain the pace.

Out-performed by Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo eventually lost third place to Dani Pedrosa before slipping back to a lonely fourth place.

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Scant reward for his 200th career GP, a dejected Lorenzo cut a despondent figure after the race as his 2014 MotoGP title hopes continue to slip away just four rounds into the season.

Indeed, the man himself says he needs to work more on his physical condition if he is to return to winning ways.

"I did a bad start today, this weekend we didn't have a good practice start in any session. I tried all my effort to keep up with Valentino, but I was struggling a lot in the early laps, so when Dani passed me I needed to push more physically and to the limit to keep up with Dani, so I decided to finish the race and not crash, so I could get some points.

"The race was worse than I expected and my physical condition was worse than I expected also so we need to work more on that and wait for our moment.

"At this level, if you lack something, it is very difficult to fight with the best riders on the planet. Today the Honda is very strong and Marc is very strong, so the combination makes the difference."