Outgoing World Champion Jorge Lorenzo gave his reaction to winning the race at Valencia and relinquishing his MotoGP™ title to Marc Marquez, admitting it was a late change of strategy to try and slow down the last race of the season.
Lorenzo needed to win the race and for Marquez finish fifth or worse in order to recover a 13 point deficit in the last race of the season, and early in the 30-lap contest it was evident that from the lead position the 2012 World Champion was trying to bunch up the front group.
Initially that tactic appeared to be working as Lorenzo got involved in a battle with Repsol Honda rivals Marquez and Dani Pedrosa – with Alvaro Bautista and Valentino Rossi tucked in behind them.
Lorenzo stated, "When we got here for this weekend my strategy in my mind was to try to go away at the front of the race. Actually I was undecided, but I told the press I’d try to run away, so that Marquez would not know my tactic. But then this morning after the Warm-Up we had a meeting and we decided to change the strategy to try a slow down the race a little bit, in the first laps, in order not to regret anything. At least you’ve tried and you can see what will happen."
However Lorenzo went on to acknowledge soon it became clear that his ‘slowing’ tactics would not be enough and he then decided to push harder at the front, to pick up a third consecutive win and an eighth victory of a remarkable season – knowing this even that was unlikely to be enough.
He continued, "The other riders apart from the front three were too slow to stay in the group. So I stayed with Dani for a few laps trying to slow it down and some time with Marc. I had to take a lot of risks especially with Dani, but then when I turned around I saw that the others were too far behind and I decided to push away at the front."
Finally, the double premier class title winner had a word of congratulations for the new king of MotoGP™, saying, "We tried our best all the way through the championship and there are no regrets. Today Marc is the winner and he deserves the win. He has talent and ambition and you have to be fast to stay in front of him."