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MotoGP Australia: Lorenzo: Motegi big pity, second very difficult

'It is really difficult because there are only three races left, but everything is possible, especially this year' - Jorge Lorenzo.
Jorge Lorenzo admits it will be difficult to overhaul his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi to snatch second place in the MotoGP World Championship.

With only three races to go, Lorenzo is 14 points behind the Italian after both Yamaha riders fell during the race at Motegi in Japan, with race winner Marc Marquez confirmed as the champion for Honda.

Lorenzo concedes that Rossi is favourite to secure the championship runner-up spot, but says anything can happen during the final three rounds, starting this weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.

“It was a big pity to crash at Motegi because I was just five laps to fight for the podium, which would be enough to come across to second place in the championship. I tried to push a little bit more in this corner and the front was lost,” he said.

“Now it is really difficult because there are only three races left, but everything is possible, especially this year. Let's see the weather tomorrow and see how we feel on the bike.”

Lorenzo is a huge fan of the picturesque Phillip Island circuit, although he is mindful of the less than encouraging weather forecast this weekend.

“Phillip Island is amazing to ride, it is so wonderful and so fast. You can enjoy it so much on the bike, except when it is cold, windy or even raining then it is the opposite. It is quite tricky, some places are quite dangerous if you crash, so you need to be careful,” Lorenzo said.

“We have to manage and let's see if we are lucky to have a little bit better weather than we are expecting.”

The Mallorcan tipped his hat to new champion Marquez in the pre-race press conference on Thursday and said the Repsol Honda rider was fully deserving of his third premier class title.

“Especially at the beginning of the season, the Honda in contrast was not really competitive and he pushed everything 100 per-cent as a rider, to stay more in front. He did no so many mistakes during all of the season and he never crashed in the race,” Lorenzo said.

“He was the fastest and most consistent rider and he deserved the championship, so we have to applaud his season.”





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madh4tt3r

October 20, 2016 2:20 PM

MM never played rear gunner for lorenzo, that is a myth and only dire fanbois of Rossi believe some fallacy that MM was trying to help JLo win. He would never in his life help JLo even if they are from the same country, also PI last year proves that, if he was helping he wouldnt have passed him on the last lap. Competitors at this level are not friends easily and after their 2013 championship there was no way the 2 could ever help each other. They had more barging in that year than in any other year I can really remember. But if JLo somehow does beat Rossi and MM is between them in a race then i bet more than anything these disrespectful and unproven comments will be all over the show again.

Codger

October 20, 2016 10:30 AM

The Yamaha/Michelin combo has definitely let Jorge down this season, in so much that his first corner run away style no longer works for him. You may be sure though the lad will give it all in the coming races.



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