Lorenzo says strong start was key to victory

Lorenzo says strong start was key to victory
Sunday, 7 April 2013

Jorge Lorenzo is now celebrating his second consecutive victory from pole position in the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar.

Having started on pole once again, the World Champion pulled away from the charging field, at that point headed up by 2012 championship rival Dani Pedrosa. As the Repsol Honda Team rider began to fight with the likes of Marc Márquez, Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi, Lorenzo disappeared at the front.

"I’m really happy, really pleased and really proud of myself and the team," the Yamaha Factory Racing rider told motogp.com. "This weekend has been quite perfect, especially in the race as we were very strong from the beginning.

"I made a good start and I knew that that and pushing over the first laps were key. I opened up two or three seconds of a gap which gave me the focus and allowed me to stay calm. "This is a perfect result for Yamaha and the team and I’m really happy for Valentino, who had had a very bad situation over the last two years. He has demonstrated again that he is a very quick and complete rider.

"Let’s see what happens in Texas!"

Sunday night’s success marked the continuation of Lorenzo’s 100% podium record at Losail, having never finished off the rostrum in any class since the tracks’ debut in 2004.

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