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MotoGP Indianapolis: Mixed feelings for runner-up Lorenzo

“It was a little bit difficult to fight against my mind and start the race with full confidence” - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo overcame doubts generated by his first MotoGP crash of the season to lead 24 of the 27 race laps at Indianapolis on Sunday.

The Movistar Yamaha rider had been kicked from his M1 when the rear stepped out during morning warm-up.

“In the warm-up I had the first crash of the season. I think because I got a defective tyre, in my opinion, and it was not grippy enough. I opened [the throttle] the same and suddenly the bike pulled me away,” Lorenzo declared.

“So it was a little bit difficult to fight against my mind to recover the confidence and start the race with full confidence. But I did it and made the best start of the weekend.”

The Spaniard shot past the Repsol Hondas of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to lead into turn one, where he remained for much of the race.

“Even going faster than in practice our pace was not enough to win from Marc and his Honda, who were very strong all weekend," Lorenzo said.

“I pushed a lot in every corner and I probably lost more energy than Marc, who was following me. When he attacked I really didn't have enough energy and I wasn't fresh enough to make an attack on him.”

Marquez made his move with three laps to go and went on to win by 0.6s. It deprived Lorenzo not only of a fifth victory of the season, but a crucial five championship points.

For much of the race Lorenzo was poised to cut team-mate and title leader Valentino Rossi's championship advantage from 13 points to one. But Marquez's late pass - combined with Rossi snatching third from Pedrosa - meant Lorenzo only gained four points on the Italian.

“It could have been worse and it could have been better," Lorenzo said. "We were really close to recover more points, probably twelve if we could have won the race and Valentino finished in fourth. But finally he overtook Dani and I lost the position with Marc and we could just recover four point.

“But anyway much better at this moment to be nine points behind than 13. So I can be happy. For sure in the future we will arrive at tracks where we can be more competitive and then we'll have to take profit and win races.”

And is next weekend's Brno round one of those tracks?

“In MotoGP you never know what can happen until you get there and do a couple of practices. In theory Brno could be better than Indianapolis, but we have to feel and see what happens.”

Tagged as: Yamaha , Lorenzo

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August 09, 2015 11:18 PM

lux Every rider prefers to get away at the front if they can..Marquez did it plenty of times in 2014. Rossi won by big gaps in his RCV and early M1 days. On the contrary Jorge has won lots of races through duels and battles but has won more by getting away. Regardless of what they say riders would prefer to win races without lots of overtaking moves which creates more and more risk of crashing. The battle/duel/fight is just good for us to watch.


August 10, 2015 3:38 AM

I am quite sure Lorenzo, a fulltime motogp pro at the top of his game, knows when to battle and when to try and pull away at the front. In the end its the amateurs like us who question him. The way I saw it, Indianapolis is a track where the honda could easily gain ground on the Yamaha from acceleration. This point worries teams whose bike have lesser power, right from day 1. So it is a big ask to expect Lorenzo to slow down and let MM overtake and duel with him because it would mean taking even more effort to try overtake as he would then need to go even faster in the turns. What Lorenzo did was sensible, he just keeps the consistency that he already had and try keep it that way. The way MM rides, he couldve made a mistake just trying to keep up. I dont think even Yamaha expected him to win, and for him to be able to lead for so many laps and finish 2nd is a testament of his skill.

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