Jorge Lorenzo eventually finished today’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi in sixth place after starting from the second row. The Spanish rider got off... Jorge Lorenzo places sixth in wet Japanese GP

Jorge Lorenzo eventually finished today’s Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi in sixth place after starting from the second row.

The Spanish rider got off to a good start and led during the opening lap, but then dropped a few positions following a contact with Zarco and suffering from a poor feeling with rear tyre grip.

Six laps from the end Jorge began his recovery from ninth and after passing Viñales, A. Espargarò and Zarco, he finished the GP in sixth place.

MotoGP returns to the track next weekend at the Phillip Island circuit, the venue for the Australian Grand Prix.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 6th
“I can’t be happy with my race, because we had the potential to try and win if there hadn’t been so much water on the track. We weren’t able to find the right setting to be quick in these conditions and without rear grip it was impossible for me to do anything more. I gradually succeeded in getting a better feeling with the bike, and I improved my pace and was able to pass Viñales, Zarco and Aleix Espargaro. In the end we were missing almost a second per lap today, and that’s a pity because this weekend we were always fast. I want to congratulate Andrea, because he’s proving to be a really strong rider, mentally as well, and he is able to take advantage of every chance of fighting for the world title. Hats off, and congratulations to him and all the team!”