Reigning MotoGP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo says he is pleased with the progress he made in MotoGP free practice and qualifying at the Sachsenring despite crashing three times and ending the day down on the fourth row of the grid.
Lorenzo went down twice in qualifying but doesn’t believe there was any bad luck involved, saying he made the errors. The Movistar Yamaha man found pace today as the track temperature rose, finishing qualifying two with a 1’22.088 but ran out of tyres, setting his quickest on a rear that had nine laps on it.
“I wasn’t unlucky as I have the same tyres as everyone and I crash more, so I made something wrong. Yesterday, I couldn’t do much in the cold conditions. The two crashes were because in the first one, I enter in the kerb and I shouldn’t have. I was used to enter the kerb with the Bridgestone and with the Michelin is not possible,” said Lorenzo, speaking at the track.
“The second one, I didn’t enter braking so deep but in the previous one I maybe didn’t warm up the right side of the tyre so I was straight, not braking particularly strong. It’s not normal I make three mistakes but this weekend it happened like this. I am disappointed about the crashes, disappointed about the position but finally I could see some big improvement in the bike, every practice we improve and in Q1 I was competitive with the new tyre.
“In Q2 we didn’t have enough tyres. I exit with the first tyre that was nine-laps old and I was impressed with the lap time and with a new tyre I think I could do 1’21.4. With that time I could have been on the first or second row. But unfortunately I couldn't finish the lap and it's a bad grid position, but it's where I finished. In dry conditions, I think I can recover some positions.”