Lorenzo reflects on Le Mans race performance

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Monday, 19 May 2014

Having qualified in sixth place at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France Jorge Lorenzo battled hard in the race to bring his Yamaha YZR-M1 home in the same position.

From his second row start, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider was firmly placed in the hectic mid-pack for the opening lap in seventh position.

The double premier class World Champion was able to make passes on first Alvaro Bautista and then fellow Yamaha rider Bradley Smith to secure fifth position with 24 laps to run. He then spent some laps switching between fifth and sixth as he was first passed by Marc Marquez, then recovered ground by passing Andrea Dovizioso before allowing Bautista back past again. A fifth place looked possible as he overtook Stefan Bradl with 13 laps remaining but it was not to be as Dani Pedrosa was able to make a move four laps later, relegating him to sixth at the line.

Lorenzo’s ten points keep him in fifth in the general standings on 45 points, eight behind Dovizioso in fourth.

Reviewing the race he said, “It was a pity not to be on the front row, as from there we would have had less problems, because on the first lap I made a good start but I got stuck on the inside at the first corner. There were a lot of riders there and I couldn't overtake, I even lost a position. From eighth position you are riding more nervously, you are tense and you can’t ride as smoothly. The set-up that I thought was better in Warm Up was worse, especially on the front. I tried my best to have the same feeling as during practice but in general I rode much worse than in the practice and that’s why I couldn’t do a better result.”

Regarding his results so far in 2014, which have seen him unable to replicate the flying form which gave him three wins in the last three races of last season, he added, “Everything together makes it more difficult to be like last year. The tyre is the worst thing but little by little I’m trying to adapt my riding and I’m getting there, because at each race now we are more often near the top in practice. But for some reason in the last two races especially we couldn’t demonstrate our potential. So lets hope that in Mugello we can make it.”

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