Lorenzo: "I should have closed the door"

Lorenzo: “I should have closed the door”
Sunday, 5 May 2013

Jorge Lorenzo was annoyed with himself following Sunday’s Gran Premio bwin de España in Jerez, having clashed with Marc Marquez at the final corner.

After losing the lead to Repsol Honda Team’s Dani Pedrosa in the early stages, Lorenzo held second place for the whole race with the exception of a minor swap with Marquez. That was until the last corner - now ironically named after the reigning World Champion - where the 2013 rookie dived through, making contact.

"I was second all race and lost it at the last corner," Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo explained to motogp.com in an exclusive video interview. "Anyway, our bike was not very competitive compared to the Hondas. I think we did a good job and the team did a good job to make the perfect Yamaha for today.

"I had a very consistent race, just making two mistakes: I started very badly and didn’t close the door enough at the last corner.

"Le Mans is quite similar to Jerez, also with a lot of chicanes and corners, so in theory it’s a good track for Yamaha and hopefully for me too."

Lorenzo has now dropped to third place in the riders’ championship, with today’s winner Pedrosa having moved up to second position. After the race Marquez was also interviewed by motogp.com in relation to the last-corner coming together.

“If somebody did that to me…for sure, I would be angry,” Marquez said. “Not because of the moment but because I would have lost a place on the podium. I can understand that but, anyway, I have said sorry.”

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