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World Champion Lorenzo frustrated with third

World Champion Lorenzo frustrated with third

It is a measure of the standards Jorge Lorenzo sets himself that he was disappointed with a return to the podium on Sunday at the Brickyard.

The reigning MotoGP™ World Champion made a superb start to the premier class race at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, taking the hole shot from second on the grid and leading in the early stages.

However, as the race progressed the Spanish rider was unable to fend off the attacks from a rampant Marc Marquez and later a determined Dani Pedrosa – eventually having to settle for third place.

It was his first podium finish since winning his home race at Catalunya, having subsequently suffered collarbone breaks at Assen and Sachsenring.

But given that he slipped to 35 points behind talented debutant and standings leader Marquez, in third place the championship, it was not the result Lorenzo had wanted.

“I’m disappointed, but not just because I didn’t win,” explained the Yamaha rider. “Marc was just unbelievably good this weekend and in the race he was going faster every lap. I was able to follow him for a few laps when he overtook me, but then the rear tyre suddenly started to drop a lot and I couldn’t even defend second place.”

He continued, “I had high hopes for the race as I had a good pace, but then it seemed like something strange happened to the rear tyre so it was impossible to do any better.”

Lorenzo will hope to regain ground on Marquez and Pedrosa in the title fight next weekend at Brno – where he finished second last year and won the race in 2010.

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MotoGP, 2013, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha Factory Racing

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