Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo has proclaimed that Marc Marquez is a phenomenon after he became the youngest rider in history to win a MotoGP race. Factory Yamaha rider Lorenzo had to settle for third after a difficult weekend at the Circuit of the Americas where Honda and their RC213V were a cut above the rest.
|100th podium for JL in Austin
Photo: Yamaha MotoGP
Lorenzo had been playing second fiddle to the Hondas all weekend, qualifying in third yesterday. Despite getting his Yamaha M1 sideways off the line and finding himself 4th behind Stefan Bradl, Lorenzo had reclaimed third spot by the end of the first lap, where he remained until the end.
Jorge said they had found a little bit extra in warm up this morning and in the early stages it did look like the double champion could keep up with the Hondas however a small mistake cost him a bit of time and the Hondas shot off from there. Lorenzo still leads the championship going into his home round at Jerez, albeit a joint lead with Marc Marquez. Lorenzo’s podium in Austin was his 100th career podium, a feat somewhat overshadowed by his compatriot storming into the history books as the youngest rider ever to win a Grand Prix in the elite class.
Lorenzo said: “Yesterday we were so far from Marc and Dani but this morning in the warm up we found something. The hairpin corners we normally take in first gear we made in second so it improved a lot the feeling and the acceleration, but it was not enough. Just a little bit more, maybe two tenths quicker and I could have fought with Dani and Marc. Today third position was the best we could do. I want to congratulate Cal who didn’t give up until the end and also Marc, he’s the youngest rider in history to win a Grand Prix; he is a phenomenon. It’s an important day for me; I never thought to get this unbelievable number of podiums so today is a magic day. Time flies very quickly, it seems like it was just yesterday that I got my first victory, which was my first podium in Brazil in 2003 ten years ago and now today my 100th.”