After 'four months of problems' race-winning MotoGP rookie Jorge Lorenzo finally returned to the rostrum with second position at Misano on Sunday.

Having qualified a strong third on the grid, Lorenzo was demoted one position by countryman Dani Pedrosa on the opening lap, but overcame his fellow Michelin rider on lap five - with third place becoming second to team-mate Valentino Rossi when Casey Stoner crashed out of the lead shortly after.

After Stoner's exit, Lorenzo matched the Bridgestone-shod M1 ahead of him, with the gap between them remaining at three seconds for the remainder of the race. Lorenzo was followed home by another Spaniard, Toni Elias, who crossed the line 8.54 seconds off in third.

"Seeing the party Valentino's fans were making for him around the track today reminded me how much I want to start winning again, but as a start this second place is fantastic for us!" said Jorge, who has been repeatedly injured since his debut victory in Portugal.

"I lost some ground at the early on but then I took my rhythm, passed Dani and started to push, and then I kept pushing until the end. To be one and two on the podium again, like in Le Mans, is wonderful and after four months of problems I am enjoying this moment very much - it's perfect.

"Since the Brno test and with the improvements that Michelin have made here my confidence has being going up all the time and my riding style has improved as well, so I want to say thank you to them. I hope the situation is the same at the next races, then we can continue to be strong like this. Thanks to all of my team and congratulations to Valentino and Toni," he added.

The 21-year-old's fifth podium of the season, and first since round five at Le Mans, sees the reigning 250cc world champion consolidate his fourth place in the championship and his leading rookie status.

"It's really great to be back on the podium after a long time and we are very happy for Jorge," said team manager Daniele Romagnoli. "We never lost confidence that he would come back to this level even though it has been very hard for him at times, but everyone has kept focused and here we are, so well done to all involved.

"Our Michelin tyres have worked much better here and this has made everything easier to achieve, it seems that the Brno test was a turning point and the improvement in the tyres has helped us to find a new set-up. Now we're looking forward with confidence to the next races," he added.

Pedrosa's switch to Bridgestone tyres means Lorenzo has become Michelin's number one MotoGP rider.


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