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Lorenzo: ‘Probably the luckiest second place of my life’

Lorenzo: ‘Probably the luckiest second place of my life’

A crash strewn Tissot Australian Grand Prix saw Jorge Lorenzo overcome problems to secure second on his Movistar Yamaha MotoGP machine, helping Yamaha lock out the podium.

Lorenzo made a flying start from the front row, settling in behind pole man Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) after a brief battle in the opening laps. He was unable to match the pace of Marquez, teammate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) soon also catching him.

The Yamaha pair battled for several laps with Rossi leading over the line on lap 17. As Marquez crashed out of a comfortable lead, Lorenzo’s pace began to fade in second place as he struggled with the left side of his tyre.

Cal Crutchlow (Ducati Team) passed Lorenzo in the final stages of the race and looked assured of second, until the Briton lost the front at Turn 4 on the last lap. This allowed Lorenzo to secure second and make it an all Yamaha podium.

The last all-Yamaha rostrum came at Le Mans in 2008 where Rossi took victory ahead of Lorenzo and Colin Edwards.

Lorenzo moves to third overall in the championship with 247 points, eight behind race winner Rossi. Dani Pedrosa (Respol Honda Team) drops to fourth in the standings after Andrea Iannone collided with him, ending his race early.

“This has probably been the luckiest second place of my life. A lot of faster riders crashed. You struggle all weekend with setup but then you get the wrong tyre on race day. It was a complete drama to even stay on the bike. I managed to stay on the bike, I was very lucky,” explained Lorenzo.

He added, “We would still be competitive in normal conditions, like we were before the race. I could have stayed with Marc if I had a good tyre. Similar happened to Rossi in Austin and me here. A great result for Yamaha, it’s been a long time since they’ve had a 1-2-3.”

MotoGP, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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