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Lorenzo: "Maybe the DNF at Silverstone removed some pressure"

Lorenzo: 'Maybe the DNF at Silverstone removed some pressure'

The Factory Yamaha Team rider reflected on what happened at the British Grand Prix and offers that, with the loss of the Championship lead, Stoner now assumes the role of “hare pursued by greyhounds”.

Through a statement released by Jorge Lorenzo, titled: After 25 races ... the current MotoGP World Champion shared his impressions of last weekend at Silverstone, where he had his first DNF of 2011, and of the upcoming race at Assen.

“Yesterday ended an incredible run of 25 races in which I had been in the top four finishers. The truth is, it has been a long time since I’ve had this taste in my mouth. The last time was in Australia in 2009. I can barely remember it. At Silverstone I was very focused on fighting for the win, even in the rain. Every day I'm better in the wet and the bike went very well from Saturday.”

“I feel terrible for my team, who had high hopes for this race; I feel bad for the Fan Club, 50 members of whom came despite the weather. But I will tell them, we can’t give up, we're going to keep trying and even if it costs us more time than the rest, at the end we will succeed, we will fight for the title. Only six Grands Prix have passed, there is still a lot of time. If I look on the bright side, perhaps the zero at Silverstone takes away some pressure. Now it will all be on Casey, who now takes on the role of the hare pursued by greyhounds.

“Fortunately I wasn’t hurt in the fall. The Alpinestars airbag worked wonderfully. Before I hit the ground it had already been activated, because of this you can avoid a high risk of injury. I have worn it for three years now, and it lets me ride more confidently. It works and it’s in the process of being improved for when it hits the streets, which I hope will be soon. I avoided injury, but it could save biker's lives.”

“Within two weeks we’ll be at Assen, my favorite circuit, where I won last year and the house of my yeam manager Wilco Zeelenberg is. It will be a very special race for Yamaha, now celebrating 50 years in the racing world. I’ll wear the classic red and white colors that I hope will bring us luck. I can’t wait to see everything that the factory has prepared. See you at the Cathedral!”

The Mallorcan rider ends the statement with his personal notes on the best and worst of the weekend. In the best section he elects the podium of Colin Edwards who “deserved it after his injury only a week ago” and logically, in the negative he notes his crash in the race, stating “I didn’t wait for the right moment to overtake Dovizioso.”

MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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