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MotoGP Australia: Frustrated Lorenzo rallies against ‘disaster’ tyres

Jorge Lorenzo: Every lap was worse and the last laps it was a drama to stay on the bike in fifth, sixth gear...
Though pleased to be part of Yamaha's first 1-2-3 MotoGP result since 2008, Jorge Lorenzo admits he is personally disappointed with his second place finish at Phillip Island after suffering with tyre problems that he says made it difficult for him to stay on his bike.

The Yamaha rider began the Australian race from the front row and was in contention early on having opted for the extra soft front tyre, but the Spaniard would begin to struggle in the latter laps as he lost ground to team-mate Valentino Rossi on the same rubber.

Though promoted to second place again by Marc Marquez's crash from the lead and Cal Crutchlow slipping off from second, Lorenzo was particularly critical of the tyres, which he says made it a 'drama' to stay upright through left-hand corners.

Indeed, with Lorenzo labelling his tyres a 'disaster', he says the result is his luckiest second place finish simply because he was able to stay upright and reach the finish.

“It is a great result for Yamaha because it has been a long time since Yamaha has been 1-2-3, but I am [personally] very, very disappointed because you work a lot to make the best set-up and everything seems well, but you sometimes get these tyres which are a complete disaster.

“On the right it was perfect and I could catch Vale a lot but when I arrived into a left it was a disaster. Every lap was worse and the last laps it was a drama to stay on the bike in fifth, sixth gear. I managed to stay on the bike, finish the race and I was very lucky - this is probably my luckiest second place.”

When informed that Bridgestone maintains the position that tyre behaviour is determined by each individual bike's set-up, Lorenzo simply smiled and responded:

“As always…”

Lorenzo's second place keeps him in the hunt for the runners-up spot with two races remaining, the Spaniard now eight points behind race winner Rossi.

Yamaha's last 1-2-3 result took place at the 2008 French Grand Prix with Rossi, Lorenzo and Colin Edwards.

UPDATE: Bridgestone's Shinji Aoki stated: "The cool ambient temperatures and strong wind combined to create tricky conditions which resulted in a few riders crashing in the final stages of the race. We will now analyse the data we collected to determine if any changes need to be implemented next year at Phillip Island.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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October 19, 2014 10:06 AM

uiki46: I used to like Lorenzo, but he is too frustrated and he was an ass not letting Rossi to overtake knowing that he doesn't have a good pace. He cant take it whenever he is not winning. Respect to Rossi he proves that he is a good human being and he knows how to be happy no matter on which position he finishes.
They are fighting for second in the riders championship, why would he let him by for crucial points


October 19, 2014 9:16 AM
Last Edited 52 days ago

Lorenzo says he has today his luckiest second place of his carrier gifted by atleast 3 crashes... but I feel he deserves it because he kept it nice and steady realising the situation... Cal was 2 seconds behind and every inch of gap was gone in one lap, that is how much he was struggling and why did cal still wanted to push after passing a handicapped rider... to catch and pass number 46..? Lorenzo deserves this for his cool head...

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