24 April 2016
MotoGP Spain: Lorenzo: Spinning rear cost me chance of win
'The rear tyre didn't give me the possibility to fight for the win when I was coming stronger at the end of the race' - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo bemoaned a lack of rear grip on the straights for denying him the opportunity to challenge his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi for victory at Jerez.
The MotoGP world champion was unable to make his customary flying start as Rossi dictated matters from the front instead, pulling away to establish a gap of three seconds.
Lorenzo managed to reduce the deficit by a second in the final third of the race but says he was forced to accept second place due to severe problems with rear wheel-spin on the two straights at the Spanish circuit, which he said was the worst he had ever experienced in MotoGP.
“It was a little bit a pity not to make a good start and it was much better in the first three races. I couldn't stay in the lead and then when I tried to pass Valentino, I braked too hard and I lose the front, so I couldn't be in first position to ride a little bit better in the first part of the race,” Lorenzo said.
“Rossi was faster in the middle of the race and I was losing little by little some metres and the rear tyre started to spin.
“I started to spin on the straight, but not so much, and then I start to recover quickly some metres with Rossi, but suddenly the rear started to spin the two straights so much in the centre – it never happened to me in MotoGP, so I have to slow down and be easy on the throttle in the straights in every gear,” he added.
“I couldn't keep the same dynamic to catch him and fight for the win. Rossi crashed in Austin so he was 12 behind, now he is seven, and we recovered four points with Marc, so for the championship this is good, but frustrated with this problem on the straight with the rear tyre.”
Lorenzo achieved a significant milestone as he claimed his 100th MotoGP rostrum at Jerez but felt it could have been even better if it hadn't been for the problems he faced with the rear Michelin.
“I am happy also for my 100th podium in MotoGP, so to get this statistic with a lot of first and second places means that I am very consistent in this category, so I'm happy with this because only three riders in history did it before,” Lorenzo said.
“In the next races if I am in first row, if I can say in first position I will ride a little bit better, but it wasn't very comfortable today with hot temperatures and with the tyres, the front and the rear, I was not as fast as Rossi.
“Finally, when I was catching him, this thing happened with the rear, so the rear tyre didn't give me the possibility to fight for the win when I was coming stronger at the end of the race,” he added.
“I hope that in the next race we will not have problems with the rear: I'm happy with the front because it is safer and much better, but after problems of [Loris] Baz and [Scott] Redding Michelin need to get this experience to improve now the rear.”
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