Jorge Lorenzo finished on the podium in a wet race for the very first time in his entire racing career on Sunday, when he claimed third place at the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix.

"This is the first wet podium in my career, including the European, Spanish and even Mallorcan Championships!" confirmed Jorge. "To be honest, I really didn't want to leave my motorhome before the race because I was so warm and comfortable and I really don't like to race in the rain, but today I think things have changed!"

Lorenzo has always been uncomfortable riding in the wet but he got a good start and was quickly able to settle into a rhythm, passing team-mate and eventual race winner Valentino Rossi as well as Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner in the first three laps.

"I got a good start, which surprised me, and then I was able to pass Dani and then Valentino, which surprised me even more! I am so happy to finally discover that I can be fast in the rain as well," he smiled.

World championship leader Rossi passed Lorenzo back soon after but the Spaniard kept pushing and overtook former 250cc rival Andrea Dovizioso to claim third place on lap six of 28.

The Estoril winner looked set for a lonely ride, until heavy rain and high winds began to batter the field with 12 laps remaining and he gradually began to close the gap to second placed Nicky Hayden.

"After Valentino passed me back I tried to follow him but he was a bit too fast so I concentrated on keeping my pace consistent, then the rain and especially the wind came and it was quite crazy!" Lorenzo admitted. "I was still fast though and I closed the gap to Nicky, who I think had some problems by then."

Indeed, it looked like he might pass the American, but the race was eventually red-flagged with eight laps remaining, after part of the safety fence blew down and conditions became too dangerous.

"Maybe I could have passed [Hayden] with some more laps but it was very dangerous and so better to stop the race," he declared.

Hayden and Lorenz's efforts meant that there were two Michelin riders on the podium, a welcome result for the under-pressure French brand.

Nevertheless Lorenzo, who has now finished on the podium on each of the five occasions he has qualified on the front row, is pushing for more tyre progress.

"Michelin is a good tyre. But the problem is that Bridgestone is a very good tyre in this moment," he explained. "So to be at the same level or to pass them, we have to work, Michelin have to work harder. I know they are working hard, but harder, more harder! So I don't know if we can do more podiums or even better. But come on, Michelin!"

The 21-year-old's second podium in a row consolidates his place as the leading rookie in the 2008 MotoGP World Championship standings, in fourth position.

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funny hpw race was stopped exactly when jorge was reeling nicky in