Jorge Lorenzo is blaming bad luck for preventing him from piling more pressure on Valentino Rossi in the MotoGP World Championship.

Lorenzo is now 18 points behind his Movistar Yamaha team-mate after losing four more points in the title race in the Japanese MotoGP at Motegi, where the 28-year-old finished third behind Dani Pedrosa and Rossi after leading for much of the race.

The two-time premier class champion was out in front until he encountered front tyre problems on the drying track, falling into the clutches of Pedrosa and Rossi in the closing stages.

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Lorenzo says the outcome was indicative of his misfortune this season and feels bad luck is working against him.

"In Qatar, I had the problem of the helmet and in some other races I was the fastest in the dry and it rains, so I couldn't take profit of my speed to get 25 points in two, three or four races," Lorenzo said.

"Today, I was the fastest one in the dry and in the wet, but it dries up after a wet beginning and I couldn't win the race I believed I could have won.

"So yes, I believe at this moment of the championship especially but in general, I am the fastest one this year because [of] the bike, my speed, my concentration. But these are the circumstances at this moment and maybe it will change in the next rounds."

Asked for his thoughts on the reason for the degradation of his front Bridgestone tyre, Lorenzo said: "As Valentino say, it can be the setting, the riding or the push I made at the beginning of the race - I don't know."

Lorenzo rode with the winglets on the front of his YZR-M1 at Motegi in contrast to Rossi, who opted to race without them, but brushed off a question over why he made the decision for the race after riding without them in practice and qualifying.

"I used them in the qualifying in Misano and then Valentino uses in the race, then I use them in the warm-up and race of here, so next time it's Vale's turn," Lorenzo said.

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Lorenzo is the FASTEST no Doubt But Rossi has the Race craft to use against Lorenzo ,Marquez Little Dani and all the others .Rossi and these three are the only active Aliens ..it appears little Dani is finding his race craft again. As much as I like Rossi he looks to be the slowest .But he IS the smartest !!

Jorge, there are no spherical chickens in a vacuum.

I must say these comments are comments you would expect from a child playing a game, you know Jorge is a good rider, n fast, however is he the complete rider, I don't think he is, and certainly not in Valentino's class when it comes down to tactical decisions.

Really think Jorge is getting himself wound up because he knows he is being beaten by a world class rider that is just the greatest or let's say one of the greatest.

We have 3 races left and we have Valentino's circuits coming up in 2 of them, Phillip Island & Sepang where he will do well and I think he will take a bit of beating and we can be sure of Honda's in the mix too.

I don't think Jorge comments are very fair, he needs to think about what he has said and he will probrably realize he has spoken out of turn.

Looking forwards to next weekend, I'm hoping for a Rossi Win and a 10th WC.

His front was gone first, Riding too agressive. Riding on the dry line, Riding with these Wings.

Everything loading the front, heating it up, was part of his package. Rossi was smoother, and had no wings...His team did a perfect job not choosing them.

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juggaknot: Wow a lot of offended people on here. Lol

I'm slightly confused as to why people take so much offense to this.[\blockquote]

I guess it is his excuse that annoys most. Bad luck is not an excuse here. Indirectly he says that if anyone else wins the WC, it is because of "Luck" . This basically means that you may as well decide it with a game of cards.

He needs to improve his skill-set like anyone in his professional life.

It is a stupid remark at his level...[\blockquote]

Please keep inventing the stupid remarks Lorenzo didn't make.[\blockquote]

oooh, hope you'll get over it before the next race, You might need the force to comment again a few hundred critical comments after the checkered flag has fallen... :-)

juggaknot: Wow a lot of offended people on here. Lol

I'm slightly confused as to why people take so much offense to this.[\blockquote]

I guess it is his excuse that annoys most. Bad luck is not an excuse here. Indirectly he says that if anyone else wins the WC, it is because of "Luck" . This basically means that you may as well decide it with a game of cards.

He needs to improve his skill-set like anyone in his professional life.

It is a stupid remark at his level...

Bad luck does not exist in this context. He's just not making the best out of the situation. He poorly managed his tyre-life over a race. Yes he's fastest on a number of laps in dry conditions.

His conclusion is: if I don't win the title it is bad luck, if I win it, it is skill, My skill. Right keep talking. Get a grip and realize your weak points and train to improve. Pedrosa was constantly riding on wet patches to avoid premature overheating...that was key here. Pedrosa a multiple winner here on a genetic Honda-track was bound to be a threath actually.

This is the best news I heard yet for Rossi's chances of winning the title. This "bad luck" routine is a negative mindset and IMHO will diminish Lorenzo's focus which has been a real strength. Rossi may just have got into his head. But I must admit that I am a huge Rossi fan and would love for him to win his 10th championship and I am prone to grasp at straws, so to speak, for anything that gives me more hope for his championship. I am afraid that this year may be his best and last chance for that 10th championship.