Lorenzo concerned by gap to Stoner

Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Fiat Yamaha rider sees ‘two riders a step above the rest’ after Qatar podium.

Satisfied but not elated by a podium finish in Qatar, Jorge Lorenzo was analytical in his response to events on Monday evening. Fiat Yamaha’s Spanish star was back on the rostrum at the scene of his first MotoGP top three finish, but felt that the gap between himself and racewinner Casey Stoner was more than the nine point difference suggested.

“It is a very good result, and the position is fine,” said Lorenzo. “However, the gap between myself and Stoner was too much. We have to work and work, because these problems need to be solved so that we get to Motegi with more of a chance.

“At the moment there are two riders who are a step above the rest,” he added, referring to Stoner and Fiat Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi.

”I really enjoyed some parts of the race when I made some good overtakes and felt confident enough to take some risks. The grip of the track was better tonight but my rear tyre was moving from the start, so this is something we need to address and improve.”

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