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Le Mans MotoGP: Lorenzo 'We figured out where problem was'

“From now on we will be focused on this [soft] compound” - Jorge Lorenzo.
After turning the page on his early season misery with a podium in Argentina, Jorge Lorenzo had more head scratching to do after a lonely fourth place in his home Spanish MotoGP.

Fortunately a day of post-race testing was available at Jerez, when Lorenzo concluded that it had been a mistake to use the harder (medium compound) rear tyre.

All Factory class Yamaha and Honda riders barring Bradley Smith (Tech 3) and Alvaro Bautista (Gresini) used the same tyre, but Lorenzo is adamant he is better off on the soft and will concentrate on that rubber this weekend at Le Mans.

“After the result in Jerez we could analyse the data during the test on Monday and we got some good information. We finished that test day happy with the result and we could figure out where the problem was during the race,” explained the double world champion.

“We found that with the soft rear tyre we are much more comfortable than the hard one and therefore from now on we will be focused on this compound. We will try to get a more constant bike with the soft tyre and that is why we need to improve the bike and adapt it.

“Now we travel to Le Mans, a new track and a new opportunity. The weather will play a big part, usually it is colder and can be tricky like it was with the rain last year. The asphalt can be slippery but I am confident we can manage the circumstances and try to get a good result.”

The fall on lap one in Qatar then jump start in Texas have hurt Lorenzo badly in terms of the championship, where he is already 65 points - well over two race wins - behind Honda's Marc Marquez after just four events.

The Spaniard is also 26 points behind team-mate Valentino Rossi in the championship standings.

“Right now I am just thinking race by race and not about the championship,” said the Movistar Yamaha rider. “I think I will have a better pace there, I have had some wins in Le Mans and I like the circuit.”

Lorenzo struggled to seventh in last year's wet race, but won the French MotoGP event in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

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May 14, 2014 3:07 PM

I agree that the soft usually does not last as long but the way JL rides he needs more edge grip to be faster and this is why he wants to work with the softer tyre. If he can adapt the yamaha to these soft tyres he may well get back on the pace with less wear on the soft... so Rossi would never be able to let the soft last and he cannot necesarily get it to be as fast as JL. We have 2 different riders with different styles and its going to be down to Yamaha to possibly develop the bike one way or the other....or do both to appease the 2 top riders... In the past yamaha would only go one direction and right now they seem to be heading down Vale's path which might explain why Lorenzo is suffering along with the new Bridgestone and need to take his own path...

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