Jorge Lorenzo says Le Mans was an ‘almost perfect’ weekend for him, capitalising on his ultra-fast pace and Marc Marquez’s crash to grasp the lead in the chase for the 2017 title for the first time since Qatar.
Controlling yesterday’s race from start to finish to win by his biggest ever dry weather winning margin, over ten seconds at the flag, he admitted afterwards that he nonetheless didn’t expect to leave France as the title leader until he saw Marquez crash out behind him.
“I‘m very happy with this victory, because everything has been almost perfect. In the race I knew Marquez had the chance to fight for the victory with me, or if he wasn‘t very fast, he would have been second or third and that would have meant he would still have kept his first position in the championship, but he crashed.
“Now in the championship three riders scored zero or very little points in one race, so in some way we are starting the championship from zero again after those races, but with us being five points ahead.”
For the full story on his win, see next Wednesday 11th May’s Motorcycle News