Misano MotoGP Reaction: Jorge Lorenzo back on podium

Published: 31 August 2008

Jorge Lorenzo scored his first podium finish since the French GP in Le Mans back in May today as he ended a miserable run of form with second in a baking hot Misano clash.

Once he’d got the better of an early Spanish tussle with Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elias, Lorenzo mounted a futile attempt to close in on factory Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi.

He claimed a comfortable second to finish first Michelin rider and he took a massive leap towards securing fourth place in the championship with rivals Andrea Dovizioso eighth and Colin Edwards tenth.

“Seeing the party Valentino’s fans were making for him around the track today reminded me how much I want to start winning again, but as a start this second place is fantastic for us!

"I lost some ground at the early on but then I took my rhythm, passed Dani and started to push, and then I kept pushing until the end. To be one and two on the podium again, like in Le Mans, is wonderful and after four months of problems I am enjoying this moment very much – it’s perfect.

"Since the Brno test and with the improvements that Michelin have made here my confidence has being going up all the time and my riding style has improved as well, so I want to say thank you to them.

"I hope the situation is the same at the next races, then we can continue to be strong like this. Thanks to all of my team and congratulations to Valentino and Toni", said the double world 250 champion.