Jorge Lorenzo lived up to his 'Por Fuera' nickname by launching a brave outside move to snatch the early German MotoGP lead from the dominant Repsol Hondas.

But the race soon went downhill for the Movistar Yamaha rider.

After four laps at the head of the field Lorenzo was overtaken by Marc Marquez, with Valentino Rossi and then Dani Pedrosa also passing by lap 11 of 30.

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The Spaniard spent the rest of the race in a lonely fourth, crossing the finish line over four-seconds from team-mate and title rival Rossi.

Lorenzo is now 13 points behind Rossi as MotoGP heads for its summer break.

"At a difficult track for rear grip I could still ride some good lap times and be in first position. In the end, the only good thing was my good start and that, after a bad race, we only lost three points," he said.

"I made just too good laps and then I started losing the rear and I had a lot of problems picking up the bike with good drive and on braking the rear didn't support the front enough to stop the bike and I had to start braking earlier and earlier. This made it very difficult to keep up the pace.

"I regret not trying a shorter bike in the warm-up, that would probably have given me more traction and grip on the rear. Normally a shorter bike has more traction and more turning, even if you lose a bit of stability in braking. Probably the other bike would have had less problems with spinning.

"With colder temperatures in the warm-up I didn't have many grip problems, for sure less than the race, where from the third lap I started spinning and could not stop like in the warm-up. The rear did not support the front, so I have to grab a lot of brake. So it was a nightmare all the race for me.

"I've won four races with a good feeling, now I have two races of bad feeling. It's just a matter of time before I arrive at a track with tyres that suit us. When this happens we have to win, finish in front of Marc and Valentino and recover the points we lose now."

Of the nine races in the opening half of the season, four have been won by Lorenzo, three by Rossi and two by Sunday's winner Marquez.