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Lorenzo: “I almost had a big crash with Espargaro”

Lorenzo: “I almost had a big crash with Espargaro”

Jorge Lorenzo misses out on battling for third at the Octo British Grand Prix as his visor fogs.

Sunday’s British GP was sent into a frenzy as rain fell during the last warm up lap before the race. The red flag was brought out on safety grounds and the race restarted with all MotoGP™ World Championship riders fitting wets. Jorge Lorenzo made a strong start to the race on his Movistar Yamaha M1, leading the race for the opening laps. Unfortunately for Lorenzo he didn’t have the pace to stay with teammate Valentino Rossi and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and quickly lost contact with the duo. A near miss with Pol Espargaro (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) sent the 2015 title challenger further down the field.

Lorenzo focused and recovered, passing several riders in the closing laps. He was quickly closing down on the fight for second and it looked as though he may salvage a podium when his visor began to mist. Unable to see properly, Lorenzo was forced to ease off his pace and lost any chance of finishing in third. As a result Lorenzo slips to second in the MotoGP™ championship table and is now 12 points behind teammate Valentino Rossi. Misano will play host to the next round of the MotoGP™ World Championship, a circuit that Lorenzo has gone well at in the past but it is also Rossi’s home round and he won’t be easy to beat.

Jorge Lorenzo: “At the first start with the slicks the situation was very dangerous, so I was happy when it started raining more so we could start with the rain tyre. The feeling in the first three or four laps was good and I was riding well, but the other riders started going faster than me. Valentino and Marquez passed me and I was in third position losing time every lap. They had a better pace than me early on in the race and I couldn‘t do anything to follow them. Suddenly, when entering the chicane, I almost had a big crash with Espargarò who made a incomprehensible move and it was a miracle I stayed on the bike. I was upset, but luckily I remained on the track and I tried to stay in third position, but Petrucci, Dovizioso and Pedrosa passed me. I was able to move faster and was getting better and passed Dani. In the last laps I arrived at Dovizioso, who made some mistakes, but it started to get colder and raining more. I completely lost my vision, because the visor was foggy and had to slow down and lost a chance at the third place, which was a pity. In the rain I didn‘t have the same pace as Valentino and Marquez."

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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