Repsol Honda factory rider Jorge Lorenzo was upbeat after his eleventh place finish in the French MotoGP at Le Mans.
The Spaniard, who has suffered since his highly awaited move from Ducati to Honda this past winter enjoyed a good start, before slowly dropping down the field, eventually finishing the race three thousandths of a second off fifteenth seconds behind his team-mate Marc Marquez.
“I think I made some good progression,” said the 32-year-old.
“At Jerez we found something to improve things and on Friday here at Le Mans we went well. Today I made a good start and the first five laps I was much further ahead than usual.
“This is the race where we ended up closest to the winner and that’s what interests me. We are also seven tenths from the fastest lap, which is our best result.
“I was ahead of Nakagami, who knows a lot more about the bike even if it’s not a factory bike and I’m not far from Crutchlow. Today we fought with riders who are usually ahead of us like Rins and Morbidelli.”
The next round takes the MotoGP paddock to Mugello, where Lorenzo won his first race with Ducati after eighteen months with the Italian factory. When asked when we can expect to see Lorenzo back at the front of the field again, the Honda man said: “It’s just a matter of time. The Honda is complicated bike.
“I must be more patient, it’s a difficult and very long journey, but we are progressing and everything can change. It’s not a question of tracks; I just need to understand what is the best way to ride this bike. Marc does it excellently, but he’s been here for seven years and right now, he’s making the difference.”