Following Sunday’s draining 20-lap MotoGP race at the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Jorge Lorenzo said he had given it his best shot at Sepang but he could not compete with his Repsol Honda rivals.
Lorenzo made an excellent start to the race as he so often does, overtaking Dani Pedrosa early on lap one after his rival had taken the hole-shot.
Having started in fourth on the grid, Lorenzo held the lead in the early stages before Pedrosa made his move and took over at the front, the Honda rider eventually running away with the victory by 2.7s.
However, it was Marc Marquez who followed Pedrosa across the line in second after he had become involved in a great battle with Lorenzo for the runner-up spot mid-race.
Following the fall-out from Pedrosa’s Aragon crash, Lorenzo had been critical of Marquez’ riding style but the two had a phenomenal fight at Sepang, almost colliding on more than one occasion – though both riders rode clean and highly determined races.
Marquez would ultimately get the better of the Yamaha Factory man to extend his championship lead to 43 points with three rounds to go. Lorenzo cited tire degradation and a lack of advantage on braking and acceleration for his inability to fend off Marquez and he must sense that his premier class title is slipping from his grasp.
Lorenzo spoke philosophically post race, saying, “I enjoyed the battle (with Marquez) because it was good fun and went on for a while. I’m happy with the podium because a podium is a podium, but I’m slightly disappointed too because I wanted to beat Dani and if possible win the race.”
He explained, “Today in the heat we were not competitive enough. At the beginning like always we were not so bad but once the rear tire dropped we weren’t strong enough on braking and the other guys recovered so much ground. In the middle of the race we also started to lose out on acceleration too. Third place was the best result possible and we did everything we could.”