Lorenzo settles for second following scare

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Jorge Lorenzo finished second in Sunday’s Gran Premio Iveco de Aragón, electing to play safe behind championship rival Dani Pedrosa after a focussing moment at MotorLand Aragón. With four MotoGP™ races remaining in 2012, the Yamaha Factory Racing rider holds a championship-leading advantage of 33 points.

Having started from pole position, Lorenzo lost the lead when Repsol Honda Team’s Pedrosa sliced through at Turn 12 on the sixth tour. The former attempted to follow closely, but was fortunate to remain in the race as he experienced a large slide at the first corner. He eventually finished 6.4 seconds behind his Spanish compatriot.

 

"I wanted to follow Dani," Mallorcan Lorenzo admitted. "In those early stages I wanted to push the maximum possible to stay with him, as we had pulled away from the others. His bike had very good pace and I was unable to catch him. So now we have to think about improving the bike a little bit but we are still in good shape to try and win the championship."

 

As MotoGP heads to Japan’s Motegi Circuit in a fortnight’s time, the championship-leading duo are also contesting the constructors’ title. Honda now leads Yamaha by just six points.

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