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Lorenzo: “This race was very important"

Lorenzo: “This race was very important'

Domination of the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon from Jorge Lorenzo as he takes a flawless win.

Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo conquered the Aragon GP in classic Lorenzo style, bolting off the line and hammering out the fast laps in the opening stages. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) tried to stick with Lorenzo, but crashed on just the second lap. With this came a sigh of relief from Lorenzo, the Mallorcan no longer directly threatened by another rider and able to focus on his own pace. After the disappointment of his DNF in Misano, the Aragon GP was critical for keeping his 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship hopes alive. Fortunately, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) came to his aid and demoted Rossi to ninth, allowing Lorenzo to almost halve the points difference.

Ahead of the Japanese GP, Lorenzo is just 14 points behind Rossi and once again the championship battle is sparked back to life. Aragon demonstrated that the last two races were just a blip caused by bad weather in an otherwise solid 2015 campaign. The past two years have seen Lorenzo take back-to-back wins in Motegi, the Yamaha working well at a circuit that, on paper, does not play to Yamaha’s strengths. Aragon also proved that both the Repsol Honda riders will be threats in the final four races of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship.

Jorge Lorenzo: “I took a big sigh of relief, because I was pushing so much and my tension-level was very high. I was trying to pull away by some metres from Marquez. I knew it was going to be difficult because my pace was very similar to his and after the warm up I knew his pace was very strong. We probably would have fought all the race and he may have beaten me in the final part because he may not have noticed the drop of the tyres as much, but today I was lucky. I saw his crash on the board and then I had to wait another lap to see the gap to Pedrosa. That was already very big after two laps, but I still couldn‘t relax because I knew that Dani had Valentino behind him and on this track he can have a good pace. I needed to stay focused and not make any mistakes to maintain the distance and that‘s what I did all the race.”

“I remained very concentrated and focused and it was worth it. This race was very important to forget about the last two races with bad luck concerning the weather and where I made some mistakes. Had I lost more points to Valentino, it would have been almost impossible to win the championship. Now it‘s a bigger chance, but you never know what happens at the three fly-away races, so we have to keep our feet on the ground and keep working well as we are doing now and try to beat the others on all laps of these next four races. Over the last two years we did a good job in Motegi, the bike works well there in what is usually a difficult track for us. The hard-braking and acceleration suits our rivals better, so it‘s not easy, but these last few years I‘ve been very fast and competitive. Maybe we can win, but for sure, with Marquez around it will be very tough.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, RAC, Jorge Lorenzo, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

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