2 July 2015
Lorenzo: Rossi was rightful winner at Assen
Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo convinced team-mate Valentino Rossi deserved to win Dutch TT following last lap clash with Marc Marquez.
Jorge Lorenzo says his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi was the rightful winner of the Dutch TT at Assen following his final chicane clash with Marc Marquez.
MotoGP World Championship leader Rossi picked his M1 up and powered through the gravel after contact was made with Marquez, who attempted a pass on the brakes on the final lap.
In the post-race press conference, Lorenzo refused to be drawn on his opinion on the incident, but having now seen the replay a number of times, the Spaniard says Rossi had no choice to cut the corner.
“It is true, after the race I couldn't make an answer because I didn't see it during the race,” Lorenzo said.
“Now I have seen it a few more times, to be honest, it is true that you cannot go straight and on to the gravel normally, but the contact from Marc was huge.
“Vale entered the chicane in the first position, so in my opinion he deserved the win this time.”
Lorenzo's run of four straight premier class wins was halted at Assen as he finished third but the double MotoGP world champion added on MotoGP.com that he hopes to make more inroads at the Sachsenring in Germany next weekend, where Lorenzo is yet to win.
“Every year I go there with the idea of getting the first win, but it's complicated. There are riders who are very fast on the circuit, [Dani] Pedrosa for example; Marquez also,” he said.
“It is more suitable for a Honda, as it is a more stop and go circuit with slow corners. It is a track where maybe our bike lacks a bit, as we cannot take advantage of our good cornering in faster turns.
“I managed several second places there and have been close to winning in the past. Who knows, maybe this year we can get our first victory.
"In Assen, we found some things that made it hard for us to be fast, especially in two sectors, but we managed to salvage third place and not lose many points to Valentino,” he added
“Hopefully the next race in Germany will go much better.”
Lorenzo also described Yamaha's new frame, which he used along with Rossi at Assen, as 'positive for every [Yamaha] rider'.
“It is positive for every rider, it gives us a little bit more traction especially when the rear tyre starts to drop, so it's a positive thing,” he said.
“It's not a big thing, but a little bit better and will give us a small advantage.”
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