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MotoGP Japan: Lorenzo: My mistake, congratulations to Marquez

"Marquez didn't have an advantage from his bike this year and he was the most consistent rider, so he deserves this championship" - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo braved the pain of Saturday's huge highside to hold second place for much of Sunday's Japanese MotoGP.

But the Spaniard's efforts would count for nothing when he fell from his Movistar Yamaha with just five laps to go, while pushing to stay clear of Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso.

Lorenzo - like most of the grid - chose the medium front and soft rear tyre combination. Afterwards, Lorenzo regretted his choice while also admitting he simply pushed too hard in his haste to hold off Dovizioso.

"I'm very disappointed, because I made a mistake. I tried to push too much when the bike was not working well with the tyres," said Lorenzo, who led the opening three laps before being passed by Marc Marquez and later team-mate Valentino Rossi, before the Italian crashed out on lap 7.

"In Aragón we made a good decision with the tyres and this time it was the opposite. We chose the wrong front tyre, with the soft I think I would have made a better race, because my front tyre on the first laps was vibrating and closing. I didn't have a good feeling, that's why I couldn't keep up with the pace of Marquez.

"Finally, because Dovizioso was coming, I pushed more than before in that corner and the front tyre didn't give me any support or feedback and I crashed.

"It's a pity because here we had a great chance to win. The crash [on Saturday] made the race more difficult because of the pain and also with the mistake on the front tyre. So we lost a great opportunity to win."

Lorenzo's accident, combined with the Rossi's fall, confirmed race winner Marquez as the 2016 champion with three rounds to go.

"I want to congratulate Marquez because he didn't have an advantage from his bike this year and he was the most consistent rider, so he deserves this championship," Lorenzo said.

Meanwhile, the Yamaha riders remain just 14-points apart in their duel for the runner-up spot heading into next weekend's Australian race.

"I don't know what's going to happen at Phillip Island. In the pre-season we weren't very competitive, but now almost one year later everything can happen. With these tyres, that you can lose the control and crash very soon - everyone can crash and the points can vary a lot."

Tagged as: Lorenzo

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October 16, 2016 10:29 AM

There you have it: The Honda did not have an advantage. It was down to the skill of Marquez. Lorenzo made two mistakes. He chose the wrong tyre, and he binned it because of the pressure of trying to fend off Dovi. No doubt he's very disappointed, but his detractors usually dump buckets on him because he doesn't own up to his own errors, or whatever. Under the circumstances - as in, after seeing his FP3 astronaut launch and landing, he put up a pretty good race. Three races left on the M1. Good luck.


October 16, 2016 11:43 AM

fann: JL is a true Gentleman of the sport. After his heroic effort to get on the front row after that high side, he makes an equally heroic race, but still finds time to congratulate and praise MM for his effort this year. And then the other Yammy ride only talks about himself and doesn't even acknowledge the title win. Still 3 great races left.
VR fanboys have never had any time time for JLo CS or anyone who beat their hero I can't wait till next year when MV gives him a hard time I don't hate VR but I can't stand his die hard fanboys and because of them VR himself has began to think he is the GOAT. Well I've been following racing for a long time and I would love to see how he would do at the IOM or the UGP every decade there has been someone that could have been called a GOAT, as fsr as I'm concerned he is just one of many.

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