Judging by his performance this weekend at Sachsenring, another weekend he is probably likely to want to forget, Movistar Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo is lucky to have salvaged a point towards his championship which is now definitely in jeopardy after only managing to finish in fifteenth at the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland.
Extremely difficult weekend for the current MotoGP champion
Having suffered four crashes over, struggling to lap as fast as the other factory riders, lacking confidence due to the lack of feeling due to reduced adhesion, and experiencing the knockout stages of Qualifying 1 for the first time in his career, Lorenzo had to try and turn things around during the race. He had a good start from eleventh on the grid and remained in the top ten for several laps before he began to again drop down the order.
The originally wet track, due to heavy rainfall in the morning and showers up to the early stages of the race, began to dry midway through the race which meant Lorenzo could not blame the conditions this time; instead it was down to the setup of the M1 that he struggled with previously over the weekend.
Lorenzo’s late decision damaged championship hopes more
Lorenzo chose to run with slick tyres with six laps remaining and when he re-joined he was in thirteenth place, he left it too late to get enough heat in the tyres to benefit significantly from the change, and eventually finished in fifteenth. He is now 48 points behind championship leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who is leading with 170 points.
Lorenzo must have felt defeated before the race had gotten underway judging by the fact the felt, “After the warm up it was clear that we wouldn’t be able to fight with the top guys in the race,” trying to remain optimistic he said, “at least I was better and faster than during the warm up.”
As the track dried and Lorenzo’s place in the field dropped Lorenzo tried to explain the reasons why revealing he “didn’t feel safe” and that he didn’t have “confidence in the front tyre, neither on braking or in the corners”. Following his teams advice on the pit board he chose to go in and change bikes. He admitted, “Maybe it was a bit too late at this time for the best strategy” if he was to “finish a bit more at the front of the classification”.
Intense season so far for the Spaniard
It has been a tough season so far for Lorenzo who has been under immense pressure so far. He is hoping to retain his championship title, but so far he has not gained the results or points he needs to stay within close contention to championship leader Marc Marquez. He was under a lot of pressure from his team, the Ducati team (and maybe some others) and the media as to what his career choices would be; he eventually decided and announced that he will be joining Ducati next season for two years.
Lorenzo has also struggled with the setup of the bike; he is said to set his M1 up completely different to that of his teammate. They have never really got on, although the atmosphere has seemed a lot better this season, yet, if they are not working as a team how will they move on quicker if they don’t move on together? The atmosphere will not have happened with the pressure he has been under.
Then there is the fact that he has completely lacked confidence in the tyre, the surface adhesion and the weather conditions; the last two races have been declared wet races and thrown everything up in the air. He has not claimed the results or points he needed and now he goes into the much needed ‘Summer Break’ hoping to return with the determination and confidence he had this time last season.