News 14 Aug 2017

Austrian grand prix the 'best race of the year' for Lorenzo

Ducati Team rider falls shy of the podium at the Red Bull Ring.

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Multi-time world champion Jorge Lorenzo believes his fourth place result at the Red Bull Ring last weekend was his best race all season long, despite recording a podium finish at Jerez in the earlier stages of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship.

The Spaniard qualified third before putting in a spirited performance to finish inside the top five, leading the field for a great portion of the 28-lap outing.

The Ducati Team rider lacked power from the opening stages, forcing him to relinquish the top spot, although he’s still satisfied with the improvements he’s made aboard the Desmosedici GP.

“I think that this was my best race of the year,” Lorenzo reflected. “I started from the front row, I led the race for 11 laps, and I finished the GP just over six seconds down on the winner. This time we were a bit lacking in power, because from the third lap onwards I had to change the mapping to keep the fuel consumption under control, and above all I was losing a lot on the straights to my rivals.

“The rear tyre also deteriorated on the right side and I was unable to keep touch with the leading group. Things are going better at every race, I’m riding more convincingly and I’m able to get more out of my bike. We’re missing very little, just a couple of tenths, to be able to fight for the win and so we must be satisfied.”

Lorenzo sits seventh in the championship standings as the prestigious series heads to Great Britain in just under two weeks time.