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Young gun learns fast

Young gun learns fast

Young gun learns fast

Fortuna Honda's rookie Jorge Lorenzo secured his first podium in the 250cc class yesterday with a second-place finish at the Italian Grand Prix. After beating Marco Melandri as the youngest ever poleman at 18 years and 32 days old, he also became the second youngest ever podium finisher.

"At Le Mans I showed I could be up there, and I confirmed that today. I am now in shape to challenge for the podium regularly. I always go into races wanting to win, but today the Honda was not going quite as well as in qualifying," explained Lorenzo.

"The engine was not as smooth and you could feel it on all the straights. But both the team and I gave it everything and I must thank them for their work as the bike is now quicker on the straights."

"I think I have to get a few more podiums to make up for some of the mistakes I have made, but at least this is the first," he continued. "I did not get away well, but I rode right on the limit at a track that does not suit me that well. I think that at Montmelo and Assen I can improve further. I am not worried about the championship, I am only interested in winning races at the moment."

Team manager Dani Amatriaín was pleased to see Lorenzo getting his first podium finish on his fifth 250cc appearance.
"I congratulated Jorge for his second place and I am very proud of him. He has shown what an incredible fighter he is. The engine of his bike did not help him as much as it should today as the set-up was not the best. But I still want to congratulate the whole team for their great work this weekend."

Tags:
250cc, 2005, GRAN PREMIO ALICE D'ITALIA

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