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Lorenzo elated with second

Lorenzo elated with second

The Spaniard rode through the pain barrier to secure a superb podium in Qatar, pulling off two masterful overtaking moves on the second to last lap.

Jorge Lorenzo overcame issues with rear grip and some pain in his recovering hand to claim an impressive second place in the opening race of the 2010 season, the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar.

The Spaniard, who qualified on the front row of the grid in third, dropped a few places at the start of the race but pulled himself back up through the field as the race progressed. On the penultimate lap Lorenzo pushed hard and passed both Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso, finishing second and making it a Fiat Yamaha one-two behind Valentino Rossi.

Lorenzo also gave a taste of what could again be another thrilling title fight with his team-mate and rival, defending World Champion Rossi, and was extremely pleased with his result from the first race of the 2010 campaign.

“Today I had to disconnect my brain and just ride with my heart, and I am so happy about this second place,” said a delighted Lorenzo. “My hand was a bit sore but the bigger problem was the rear sliding, and early on with a full fuel tank I found it quite hard. My plan was to take it quietly and not risk too much, but after a while the adrenalin built up and I couldn't do that, I had to ride at the maximum!”

He continued: “Once I had less fuel it was easier and I started to get closer, but I was on the limit physically and with the bike, so it was quite risky! I made some good overtakes at the end and this is a fantastic result for our team, with Valentino winning as well.”

Looking ahead to the next round in Japan, Lorenzo hinted at his expectations of battling for a first win of 2010.

“Now we go to Motegi, where I won last year, and I will be in better physical condition by then and ready to be even stronger," he concluded.

MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha Team

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