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Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first victory of the year on home soil at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon.
A dramatic race saw Lorenzo stay calm and change bikes at a critical point as his Repsol Honda rivals went down. An excellent start had the Spanish rider up into the top three from the second row of the grid almost immediately, able to battle hard with Marc Marquez in the early stages.
Cooler temperatures helped to alleviate the rear grip issues that both Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders had during the weekend. This confidence in the dry was short lived as spits of rain began to fall, causing Lorenzo to ease off and briefly settle for third.
Lorenzo and the leaders stayed on their slick tyres longer than the other riders, risking it in the increasingly wet conditions. A last second decision had the double MotoGP™ World Champion pull into the pits and swap bikes, a crucial choice as Dani Pedrosa and Marquez crashed soon after.
From here Lorenzo managed the gap to win by ten seconds ahead of Aleix Espargaro (NGM Forward Yamaha). Not only is this Lorenzo’s first win of 2014, it is also Yamaha’s first ever victory at the Aragon circuit.
“What a race, unbelievable! Everything happened, our sport is crazy and full of ups and downs. Today was very positive and you have to be very focused in these conditions. Knowing when to change was very tough and we got some luck to help us out too. I gave everything to stay with Marc, it’s a combination of things. The low temperature helped us. Our second tyre in Q2 was not good so I knew we were faster. I was able to carry a lot of speed in the corners so I was upset when it started spitting, as I had to roll off and the Hondas pushed ahead. I had settled for third or fourth,” he said.
Lorenzo continued, “I saw the time on my board and saw the times were dropping too much, I made a last second decision to swap in the box and we got some luck. I was able to stay comfortable in the wet. Speaking with the team before the race we thought we could get third, never a win. But finally the rain came and there were some crashes and we got some luck despite all our problems. It’s also the Movistar GP so it’s the best track for us to win at!”
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