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Lorenzo: “I had made a great start…”

Ducati Team crashes out but escapes first lap incident unharmed

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) had a difficult P16 starting position in the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina, but the ‘Spartan’ made a great getaway as the lights went out to make up a good number of positions – until contact with Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) put paid to the charge and the Mallorcan crashed out of contention from mid-pack

Lamenting losing the chance at more laps, Lorenzo had a good feeling with the bike until the incident in the first lap melee – now looking ahead to Austin and more track time as he settles into life in red.

Lorenzo: "The only positive thing is that I am not injured"

Jorge Lorenzo, DNF: “I had made a great start and managed to pass four or five riders, but coming into the first corner it was all rather chaotic, with a lot of riders trying to overtake each other under braking. I was on the inside and suddenly I found myself coming up on Iannone: unfortunately I touched his rear wheel and crashed out. It was a real pity that I never even managed to get through the first corner of the race, because today I had a good feeling with my bike, but now we have to look ahead and continue to work in a positive way like we are doing already.”