World Champion Jorge Lorenzo says he ‘pushed to the limits’ in Sunday’s 23 lap Gran Premio Iveco de Aragon race, but it was not enough to prevent another Marc Marquez victory.
Lorenzo made a brilliant start to the race from second on the grid and it looked in the early stages of the race as if he could repeat his Silverstone and Misano victories, as he cranked up the pressure.
But despite Marquez clashing with teammate Dani Pedrosa behind Lorenzo – or perhaps even as a result of the collision which took an improving Pedrosa out – it would eventually be the Repsol Honda rookie who triumphed over his Yamaha Factory Racing rival at the MotorLand circuit.
Marquez and Lorenzo flew away from the rest of the field after the Pedrosa incident and would both finish well over 10 seconds ahead of third placed Valentino Rossi, but Lorenzo eventually missed out on a third successive victory by +1.356s.
Afterwards he explained, “Like always, I tried to open up a gap at the beginning, but when Marc recovered all of that gap I just relaxed to try and save a bit of energy to try and be with him at the end of the race. Really, he was stronger all weekend. I pushed to the limits to follow him, but it was impossible. No excuses. He was faster today and we have to think about the next race.”
Lorenzo also explained the set-up changes made on Sunday and how he had hoped they would improve his performance, ultimately to no avail, stating, “The tactic was to try and improve the bike in the Warm-Up. Finally, we gained a little bit with turn-in. The turn-in was better but on braking it was worse – I was losing so much compared with Marc.”