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Lorenzo recovers the leadership

Lorenzo recovers the leadership

Lorenzo recovers the leadership

Jorge Lorenzo partially achieved his objectives at the German GP. The Fortuna Aprilia rider could not claim his third consecutive victory, but after securing a place on the podium he reclaimed the championship lead that he lost back in Turkey.

Lorenzo finished just ahead of Andrea Dovizioso and has now moved ahead of the Italian in the championship standings. Hector Barbera took fifth place having been dropped by the lead group in the final third of the race. The two Fortuna Aprilia riders were always in the leading group along with Alex de Angelis, Dovizioso and Japanese rider Yuki Takahashi, who ultimately took victory. Lorenzo led the race in the early stages and tried to pull clear of his rivals. However, after realising that he would not be able to win in the closing stages, he opted to secure sufficient points to ensure that he headed into the mid-season break leading the championship standings.

Jorge Lorenzo
"Before the race I wanted to win, but I could not manage it so I had to settle for third and be happy with the good work we did throughout the weekend. Maybe we should have used a softer tyre compound because at the end I was sliding about a lot and so I decided not to risk too much. I decided to ride an intelligent race and, seeing that it would be very difficult to win, I opted to take a good amount of points and think about the championship. Now we are leading again we will have to take it race to race and try to keep up our good work."

Hector Barbera
"I thought the race would turn out how it did more or less, riding easily enough with the new tyres and then having problems at the end when they were worn out. I ended nine seconds behind the winner and that is not bad bearing in mind the set-up and physical problems that I had. Now I have a few days to rest before we start to try and find a solution to the front end problems we've had. The team is working very hard but we're just lacking this final bit of performance that will allow me to push from the start to the finish of the race."


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