Jorge Lorenzo has admitted after Sunday’s German Grand Prix that there is no way that he could have come away from the Sachsenring satisfied with his result, after coming home in a distant 11th place despite once again showing in the early part of the race that he had the pace to dice with the front runners in the fight.
But, after struggling throughout the weekend and especially in Sunday morning’s warmup session, he also admitted that there was an element of damage limitation to a race result that he says could have been an awful lot worse for him.
“I can’t be satisfied with today’s result, neither with the final position nor with the gap to the winner, but after the warm-up, which went really bad, I was very worried about the race. Instead I managed to do four or five laps at a good pace in the early stages and I was racing at a decent pace until the performance dropped off on the left side of the rear tyre.”
And, with the rear tyre causing problems for the second half of his race, he was happy to take the result, regroup over the series’ four-week summer break, and hopefully come back stronger afterwards.
“In the final stages however I had to reduce my pace because the bike was spinning under acceleration and I was no longer able to fight for ninth. Both at Assen and here in Germany there were two or three corners where I was losing too much time to the riders in the leading group and I hope that we will no longer have the same problems at the next tracks. We knew that these two races were going to be pretty complicated for us but, at least here at the Sachsenring, we’ve understand several things that will be useful at the next circuits, which are better for me.”
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