18 May 2015
MotoGP Le Mans: Lorenzo: We are in a sweet moment
“We are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts” - Jorge Lorenzo.
Without a podium during the opening three races, Jorge Lorenzo racked up his second MotoGP victory in succession at Le Mans on Sunday.
“To win this second victory gives us a lot of confidence, but also we demonstrated our potential,” Lorenzo said. “This year we have a great bike, very complete, especially on the brakes. So we are in a sweet moment, and we have to take profit of it while it lasts.”
Just as at Jerez, Lorenzo led every race lap, this time taking the lead from Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso at the first chicane and going on to win by 3.8s over Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.
“Andrea made a better start than me, but suddenly I saw that I could take the first position in the first chicane. I braked very hard, but Marc [Marquez] braked even harder, so I thought, OK, he's not going to make the corner, and that's what happened,” Lorenzo said.
“I could stay in first position and do my rhythm. When I saw a one-second advantage I was happy, but then I saw this second doesn't increase, so I had to keep focused and ride even better.”
Rossi replaced Dovizioso as Lorenzo's nearest rival at the midway point of the 28 laps, prompting the Spaniard to up his pace.
“When I saw a lead of 1.8s I was quiet. The problem was in the middle of the race when I saw Valentino coming into second place. He was reducing a little bit this gap, so I had to ride even better and brake later and with more aggression in the corner. And it worked.”
Lorenzo feared that the hotter race day temperatures would cause front tyre problems, but it turned out to hurt the Honda riders.
“Before the race I was a bit worried, especially for the front tyre, on the right side, because it was closing in some corners,” Lorenzo explained. “And sometimes it's even worse in the race because it was hotter, you have more fuel in the tank, and sometimes you push a bit more on braking and the front can close even more.
“On the third and fourth lap it started closing, so I was starting to worry. But you know luckily for us the tyre kept more or less the same, closing all the race but not getting worse. I modified the way I entered the corners a little bit, and when the fuel started to get lower it also pushed a little bit less.
“So this time we have been a little bit lucky, and other riders also have problems on the front.”
In the past two races Lorenzo has cut the gap to title leading team-mate Valentino Rossi from 29 to 15 points, moving up to second in the world championship in the process.
“Especially in last two races, we made a good job, I didn't make any mistakes. But Valentino is making a great beginning of the championship,” Lorenzo said. “It seems he always has problems to be quick in the qualifying, but always on the race he gives the maximum and is very constant.
“So to reduce this difference in points in the championship has been very difficult, and it seems it's going to be very difficult in the future. Now we arrive in Mugello, which is probably my favourite track, but also Valentino is very quick there, the Ducati is going to take all the potential.
"It's an interesting championship, but for the moment we have to enjoy this second victory in the row and have fun.”
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