Movistar Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo believes the second place in today’s Phillip Island MotoGP was the luckiest of his career as he says a duff tyre made it a drama to even stay on the bike in fast corners as he lost the business end of two seconds a lap.
The former champion was right on the pace early doors but got dropped by Marc Marquez before his crash and then had to give best to team-mate Valentino Rossi as the ‘tyre got worse and worse’.
“To be honest, I am very disappointed because you work a lot to get the best setup for the bike and everything seems well but sometimes you get these type of tyres that is a complete disaster,” said Lorenzo, speaking at Phillip Island.
“On the right was perfect, I could catch Vale a lot but when I arrive into a left it was a disaster and every lap worse, worse, worse. The last laps it was a complete drama just to stay on the bike in fast corners in fifth gear, sixth gear, completely straight.
“I managed to stay on the bike and finish the race. It was probably my luckiest second place and it was important to lose only five points to Vale.”