News 14 Jun 2011

Yamaha teammates Lorenzo and Spies rue costly crashes in British MotoGP

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was on track for a good result before crashing out at Silverstone.

Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was on track for a good result before crashing out at Silverstone.

Yamaha MotoGP contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies have spoken out about their disastrous crashes in the rain at Silverstone on Sunday.

Lorenzo started well, taking first position from the line but conceding quickly to Aussie Casey Stoner. As heavy rain drenched the Silverstone circuit, the Mallorcan began to close the gap to the front when a highside crash saw his M1 too damaged to continue.

“I feel disappointed because the crash was my own mistake,” Lorenzo explained. “It’s a shame for the team because they did a very good job all weekend and also my Fan Club who come here to support me. I was riding with confidence, but I had to wait my moment to overtake Andrea [Dovizioso].

“I think I could have fought for the victory with Casey. I wasn’t worried that [Marco] Simoncelli was catching me – I was worried because Casey was going if I didn’t overtake Andrea… then I crashed!

“Before Casey was chasing me, like a greyhound with a hare, but now the situation has reversed. Now we have to go for the victory in Assen!”

Spies also fell victim to the adverse track conditions. Having dropped initially to fifth he fell going into turn one, crossing the gravel and hitting the wall. The American rider was taken directly to the medical centre for precautionary scans of his back and neck and was thankfully given the all clear after the check up.

“I’m so disappointed to finish like this after we worked so hard to be ready for the race,” Spies said. “It’s been a challenging weekend for all the guys with the different weather changes but we were ready to race with a really good package.

“The track was really wet, when I hit the brakes going into turn one the front just dropped away and I hit the wall before I knew it. I hit my back pretty badly, my back protector is really busted up, but it did its job.

“I’m really sore and will probably need a big cushion for a few days but I’m happy it wasn’t worse. We’ll take a few days to relax and recover then come back fighting at Assen.”