100th career podium for Jorge Lorenzo

Third and sixth for Lorenzo and Rossi
Sunday, 21 April 2013

After a one-two finish under the floodlights of Losail a fortnight ago, Yamaha Factory Racing could manage no more than third and sixth positions in Texas.

Although he had to settle for the final step on the podium, Jorge Lorenzo admitted his satisfaction at a circuit on which Honda bikes have dominated the weekend. Furthermore, the reigning world champion had just notched up his 100th career podium across the three classes of MotoGP™.

"Winning is winning and third position is third position," Lorenzo said after the race. "This track is probably the worst for us, so finishing third and being so close to the winner is something we didn’t expect yesterday. In the Warm-Up we found something, changing to second gear for the hairpins and slow corners. That made it much better but unfortunately we didn’t set up the best gear ratios for the best acceleration, so we just needed two tenths that we didn’t have.

"I want to congratulate Cal Crutchlow because he just didn’t give up until the very end, but mainly Marc because of his record and the fact that he was the best today."

Rossi struggled to eighth place in qualifying, rising to sixth on Sunday thanks to a quick start and subsequent overtake on GO&FUN Honda Gresini’s Alvaro Bautista.

"This is a difficult track for us," the seven-time premier class champion commented bluntly. "We expected to do better, but I had a lot of problems in the race because I had a problem with the brakes. I had a vibration under braking because I lost one part of a disc, so this didn't help. We knew that we had to defend here; we know that when we cannot attack we need to try and arrive in the top five, but today it was sixth.

"The balance of the first two races is positive and we arrive in Jerez optimistic for the next few races, as the tracks are better for us."

Round 3 is the Gran Premio bwin de España from Jerez; a race last won by Rossi in 2009 and Lorenzo in 2011.

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