Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo will re-start his 2017 MotoGP Championship in Austin after a disastrous start that has seen him score five points in Qatar and crashing out at Termas after tagging the back of Andrea Iannone in the first corner yesterday.
Lorenzo believes that even from his 16th place on the grid, he had the pace to secure a tip five result as he continues to learn how to ride the Desmosedici - the Mallorcan has never used the back brake before - as it needs to be ridden to win races.
“Disappointed, because I needed more than ever to find the kilometers and the laps to keep the improvement we made during the weekend with the position of the bike, with the way of riding using more the rear brake to stop the bike. And in the warm up lap I felt very, very good,” said Lorenzo, speaking at the track.
“So a good start, but in the first corner, I decided to go to the inside, there was a lot of bikes there, and someway somehow, I found the rear wheel of Iannone very soon, and I touched him just a little bit, and the bike was going into the other side and I crashed.
“Very disappointed. A bad moment, because still ten, twelve days before I can get on the bike again, and I would like to go tomorrow. It’s difficult, but at least I’m not injured, and we found a good way to be more competitive in the future.”
“Luckily I’m OK, because Baz almost touched me and almost ran over me, and I was lucky about that, so it was a nasty crash. So it was a long time ago, maybe Australia 2009 that I don’t make it past the first corner, so very disappointed.”
“I could have improved my pace on the race, so probably with a good start and no problems on the first lap, I could fight with Bautista for fourth, fifth, with the group behind. I think that was my place today, with the pace I imagine I could do.
“Let’s say my championship will start in Austin, because Qatar was a disaster, I was lucky to finish 11th, because of a lot of crashes. And here, my race didn’t exist. So in Austin we will start the championship.”