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Lorenzo: “Unfortunately the track dried up”

Lorenzo: “Unfortunately the track dried up”

Jorge Lorenzo dominated the opening half of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, but tyre issues saw him struggle to third.

A riveting drag from the line saw Movistar Yamaha teammates Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi head into Turn 1 of the Motegi circuit side by side, Lorenzo altering his line to gain the edge on the exit of Turn 2. Once at the head of the field it seemed as though it would be a repeat of the Aragon GP with Lorenzo streaking away to victory, hammering out consistent laps as his rival became entangled in battles. It was all going to plan for Lorenzo until the track began to dry, his tyres degrading after brutal punishment in the opening stage. Soon a hard charging Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) went past and then Rossi.

The pair would break away from Lorenzo, Pedrosa finishing 12 seconds ahead of Lorenzo as he battled to keep third. With Rossi in second, the gap in the MotoGP™ World Championship now sits at 18 points with three races, and a total of 75-points, remaining. Lorenzo has to win the final three rounds, this is his lone objective. First and second are split by five points, even if Lorenzo wins all three races Rossi will have to finish lower than second. It's all or nothing in the final three rounds.

Jorge Lorenzo: “It was a pity because I think that on the dry I was the fastest and the more consistent rider. Also in the rain I was very fast, but unfortunately the track dried up and my push at the beginning of the race probably made my tyre a bit worse than Valentino‘s and Dani‘s. When the track was almost dry, my front tyre was destroyed and I couldn't ride like before. For this race it was important to finish in front of Valentino, but the championship is not over, because I remember in 2013 I was even further from Marquez in the standings and I lost the championship by just four points. Eighteen points is a lot, but if I win all races and another rider finishes between me and Valentino, I can still win the championship.”

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MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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