Jorge Lorenzo claimed his first podium of the season at the Grand Prix Red Bull de la Republica Argentina and acknowledged that it was a sweet feeling to step onto the rostrum again. His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP colleague Valentino Rossi crossed the finish line behind him in fourth.
Lorenzo led for 16 laps after making one of his trademark starts, putting in some impressive early lap times as rivals Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa got caught up in the crowd in the opening stages.
Lap 17 eventually saw Marquez take the lead from Lorenzo, who was then defending second place until the penultimate lap. As Pedrosa passed Lorenzo the latter appeared to decide it was best to secure third rather than battle for second.
On his podium return, Lorenzo acknowledged, “This is probably the most sweet third position of all my career. We showed that even not in our best moment we can fight with these guys. We must keep pushing. Pedrosa was so strong at the end of the race, I was very tired and I tried my hardest to stay in second place. I decided to stay third and finish the race.”
He added, “This year is more difficult than every other year because of the engine freeze, but we can still improve the electronics and the chassis. I can also improve my riding style and with the mechanics.”
On his fourth-place finish, Rossi added, “I had the potential and the pace to end on the podium and especially to fight with the three guys in front.”
“Unfortunately in the first laps I made a mistake and lost a bit, but the place I really lost out was when Stefan Bradl made a mistake. He arrived too deep in braking and he pushed me out of the track and I lost two seconds on that lap and so missed the podium.”