|Issues with his M1 amplified as the race went on…
Reigning MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo finished the French Grand Prix with his worst result in a race he actually finished, since Indianapolis 2011.
The factory Yamaha rider got off to his usual swift start and looked as though he would perhaps replicate the fine performance he put on at last year’s race, where he won at a drenched Le Mans Bugatti circuit by early twenty seconds. However, after a couple of laps he was passed by both Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa, who he was unable to challenge thereafter. The Spaniard proceeded to fall back through the field uncharacteristically and finished the race in 7th, behind compatriot Alvaro Bautista. He now sits 3rd in the championship behind the Repsol Honda duo. It is a long season, but this result could be a huge factor in his championship fight when November comes around…
Lorenzo attributed his relatively poor result to problems with set up as the race went on and became drier. Early speculation said that he may have also had problems with a misty visor, but mentioned none of the likes in his post-race statement: “In the beginning of the race the bike was not the same as warm up but not so bad and I could follow Andrea and Dani. I was losing a lot in some areas of the track but recovering in others. Then after three or four laps the bike got worse and I got problems everywhere. In the braking because in the middle of the corner I didn’t trust the rear tyre and in acceleration because the rear was spinning so much I lost nearly half a second compared to the others. Races are like this sometimes; last year I won by 20 seconds with a very good bike and this year was completely the opposite. I couldn’t do much more without crashing.”