Assen MotoGP: Jorge Lorenzo admits last sector weakness

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Jorge Lorenzo will watch video footage of his qualifying performance in Assen today after he missed out on a third successive MotoGP pole position by just 0.368s. The Spaniard was struggling to get his Fiat Yamaha YZR-M1 through the super-fast final section of the Assen circuit, which certainly cost the 22-year-old his chance of a fourth pole position in 2009. Lorenzo, who will start tomorrow’s 26-lap race tied on 106-points with team-mate Valentino Rossi and Ducati’s Casey Stoner, said: “I am very tired because today I made my race and tomorrow I have to do another one. I did 20 laps with a very good pace and the only negative thing is that in T4 I lose a lot of time. I have to see some videos of the session to understand the problem, but anyway for tomorrow I am confident. I’m starting very well at the moment and in the past this was one of my worst points but I’m sure I will be in the top group.” Asked if he had any idea why he was struggling in the sixth gear sections of the iconic Dutch circuit, the double world 250 champion added: “I think the problem is the line I’m using, especially in the sixth gear corners. I don’t change direction very fast, but we have to realise that we are in sixth gear doing 280kph an hour and is not so easy to modify something at that speed.”

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Matthew Birt

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