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Lorenzo: `Fourth place feels like pole position´

Lorenzo: `Fourth place feels like pole position´

Spanish rookie grits his teeth for second row spot, accepting that `sometimes you have to suffer.´

Whilst he may have lost his 100% MotoGP pole record in Shanghai, Jorge Lorenzo will rank his second row performance as equal to any of those that have gone before it this season.

The Spaniard was a doubt for participation in the Saturday sessions, having damaged his ankles in a Friday highside. Lorenzo had to be helped to and from his bike by his Fiat Yamaha crew, but accepted the `no pain, no gain philosophy´ en route to fourth place.

`I didn´t see riding as being very possible, but you continue visualising and thinking about what you are going to do. We didn´t even talk about fourth place, so this tastes like pole position in a way,´ said Lorenzo, whose bike experienced a series of changes to minimise his pain.

`It has been difficult; not being able to go to the bathroom or walk around the hotel by myself, with the pain always there, but sometimes you have to suffer.´

After his miraculous qualifying performance, the current World Championship leader now has a bigger task ahead, and will endure a torturous time trying to keep up with his rivals injured and with less time testing race tyres under his belt.

`We are going ok with the tyres; with race rubber we are of course slower than the leading riders, because we missed two practice sessions,´ he acknowledged, before making reference to his afternoon `near miss´ in which he avoided another huge highside.

`I was doing all that I could to avoid a crash this afternoon, sitting up and trying to control it. Luckily at that moment it righted itself, so we got a bit of a blessing there.´

MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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