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13 days ago
By Ducati Team

Lorenzo: “I wasn’t slow but I wasn’t risking so much…”

Five-time World Champion laments crash out the lead at Misano

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) shot into the lead off the second row at Misano, straight past Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and soon creating a gap to the chasing pack. With good wet pace in morning Warm Up confirmed in the race, Lorenzo says he wasn’t pushing over the limit, either – and that his crash soon after was a simple lapse in concentration for a couple of tenths. But there are positives, with nothing to lose in terms of the Championship fight and good pace shown throughout the weekend in both the wet and the dry. So as always, the ‘Spartan’ says he’ll learn from the error – and be ready to go again at Aragon.

Jorge Lorenzo, DNF: “From the outside it looks as if I was pushing a lot as I was a second quicker than everybody else. Obviously I wasn’t slow but I wasn’t risking so much and it was normal, opening the throttle smoothly to save the rear tyre and trying not to take risks in the corners where we are leaned over, but I lost concentration for just a couple of tenths which was enough to change direction and it was enough to lose the rear wheel and I flew off. It was a real pity because without this I could’ve stayed on the bike and made a good advantage, but I crashed so my race was over.

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 “The good thing is that we don’t have to fight for the Championship, so today’s crash would’ve been worse if I was fighting for the Championship, but I’ll take this lesson and learn for the future. We must know that in the rain we are very strong and in the weekend we kept this good momentum in the dry too, so it’s only a matter of time before another podium arrives - or even a victory.”

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