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Lorenzo: “I gave it my maximum”

Lorenzo: “I gave it my maximum”

The reigning MotoGP World Champion finished second in the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya on Sunday, and was delighted with another 20 valuable Championship points.

Jorge Lorenzo scored his fourth podium in five rounds on Sunday in the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya, finishing second behind Casey Stoner and ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Ben Spies.

Lorenzo made a fantastic start from the front row of the grid and shot into the lead, heading the pack into Turn 1 before Stoner passed him towards the end of the opening lap and pulled away for victory.

With the 20 points gained Lorenzo maintained his lead at the top of the Championship, leading Stoner by seven points as the 2011 campaign heads immediately to Silverstone for Round 6.

“I’m really happy with the result, I gave it the maximum!” said Lorenzo. “I overtook Casey on the start but I knew he could overtake me. I tried to stay with him and not to lose his back wheel for as long as possible. At the end it started to rain a little and it was tough to keep concentration in the last sector but we managed it.”

He added: “We are still leading the Championship so let’s see what happens in Silverstone.”

Team Manager Wilco Zeelenberg was satisfied with the manner in which the weekend had progressed, and said: “Not a very spectacular race but second and third places are of course very important to us. We closed the gap we feel this weekend even if it was difficult circumstances. We said at the beginning it’s important to finish every race on the podium.”

“We need to solve some more issues and make some more steps but we are definitely heading in the right direction. I’m very happy for Jorge that he finished on the podium in front of his home crowd and for Ben for bouncing back from a difficult start to the year with his first podium,” he concluded.

MotoGP, 2011, GRAN PREMI APEROL DE CATALUNYA, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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