Jorge Lorenzo, who started from the front row after yesterday’s pole in qualifying, had an unfortunate race. The Spanish rider led for the first five laps and after being passed by Dovizioso, was involved in a terrific battle with Marquez. Two laps from the end, while lying second, Jorge crashed at the Quercia corner, after which he got back on his Desmosedici machine to finish the GP in seventeenth place.
Thanks to today’s win, Andrea Dovizioso moves up to second place in the Riders’ standings with 154 points, 67 from Marquez, while Lorenzo drops to fourth with 130 points. Ducati remain second in the Manufacturers’ standings with 233 points, cutting the gap to Honda to 23 points.
The next MotoGP round is the Aragon GP, scheduled to take place on 21-23 September at the Motorland Aragon circuit on the outskirts of Alcaniz.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team #99) – 17th
“It wasn’t the race we were expecting, even though we were competitive, and I think that we could have fought for the win. Today it was much warmer than the last few days and the grip wasn’t ideal, so we had to chose harder tyres than what I usually like. I suffered a lot under braking because I was unable to stop the bike, the front was turning in on me and the situation was very difficult to manage. This was the main reason why I crashed: I had to push more than usual because I had lost too much time battling with Marquez and Andrea had taken advantage to break away. Now we have to analyze the data well to understand how to improve the bike and be even quicker in the next races.”
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