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Lorenzo delighted with second victory in Qatar

Lorenzo delighted with second victory in Qatar

Lorenzo delighted with second victory in Qatar

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his second consecutive win at the Qatar Grand Prix to start the 2006 season in perfect style by pulling clear at the top of the championship. The Fortuna Aprilia rider pipped Italian Andrea Dovizioso on the line after an intense battle between the two riders throughout the race. Lorenzo, who was on pole, lost a few positions at the start but launched a spectacular fight-back. On lap nine he begun his pursuit of Dovizioso who, up until that moment, had attempted to get away but without success. In the end their duel came down to the last lap but, despite being passed by the Italian, Lorenzo fought back and edged it on the line. After his win in Jerez, and now in in Qatar, Lorenzo has 50 points, 14 more than his closest rival, Dovizioso. For his part, Hector Barbera just missed out on the podium having been overtaken on the final corner by Roberto Locatelli. The Valencian rider was third for most of the race, but could not hold on to it in the difficult windy conditions.

Jorge Lorenzo

"I thought I wasn't going to do it. Being in front for so many laps is not good because the rider behind can watch you and decide what he wants to do. I tried to shake off Dovizioso but I could not manage it which worried me as he is a very intelligent rider who can take advantage at any moment. But I have won here again, just as I did in the 125s two years ago although the level is a bit higher this time. The wind made it difficult for us but the important thing is that we have two wins and have a little advantage in the championship already. The team is working together perfectly and now we just have to keep it up."

Hector Barbera

"I let a podium finish get away from me and I'm not happy. We had a lot of problems with the wind in the warm-up as the bike was jumping around quite a bit which meant we had to make some changes to the set-up. That was a shame as in the normal conditions of yesterday we had found a really good set-up and I was hopeful of winning. In the race itself, Locatelli made contact with me, took my line and took away my podium place. I think in that manoeuvre I was too passive and in the forthcoming races I will attemt to be more aggressive. I thank him for apologizing at the end and admitting his move was right on the limit of being legal. We've had two races now where I've missed the podium and I hope to change that run in Turkey."

Dani Amatriain: Team Manager

"We are very happy although we would have been more so if Hector had held on to his position and joined Jorge on the podium. Jorge rode a great race in difficult positions and lapped at good speed. The 250 class is very close and is getting better all the time despite the fact the ex-champion has shown his lack of sportsmanship by trying to take away some of its prestige even though it gave him international recognition just a short time ago."


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