Brno MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo reflects on bad day

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Factory Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo admitted his confidence was taking a battering as he ended a weather-hit Brno qualifying session in last place.

A 2.23.701 left the Spaniard outside the qualifying mark of 2.20.873 but he will take his place in 17th on the grid having been given permission to race in the 22-lap encounter by Race Direction.

Lorenzo was over 12 seconds off the pace of fastest rider Casey Stoner and he said: “It’s been a bad day! At the start of the qualifying it was drier and this is when I was in the garage trying to improve the bike with my team; I missed my chance and this is when the others set their fastest laps.

"I have had days almost as bad as this before, but I have to say that the fault is not all mine. I think that it is evident at the moment that our tyres are not working as they should.

"I am a professional however and I have to wait and have confidence in Michelin to find the right way forward. For tomorrow it’s going to be important to get a good start and try to get in the top ten. The surface is very good but we don’t have the grip we need, so whatever happens with the weather, it will be very hard.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt