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Jorge Lorenzo has described his dramatically shortened Dutch TT as nothing short of a ‘disaster’, having lost his unique championship lead when taken out at the first corner by Álvaro Bautista. The only personal positive is that, following extensive medical checks in Barcelona, the Yamaha rider has suffered no fractures.
As MotoGP heads to the second of three back-to-back races, at Germany’s Sachsenring, Lorenzo and Honda’s Casey Stoner are tied atop the championship table.
“Assen was a disaster for us,” the Mallorcan says on Tuesday. “We had worked very hard to build up the championship lead, which unfortunately was lost on the first corner. Anyway, now we start again with the same points as Casey.
“I haven’t won a race at the Sachsenring but have had good battles there and always finished on the podium; that is our goal this weekend and, if possible, to fight for the victory. My ankle is quite sore but luckily there is nothing broken.”
Dani Pedrosa, Honda team-mate to Stoner and currently third overall, has won the last two races in Germany. Last week, MotoGP commercial rights holder Dorna Sports renewed the Sachsenring’s race contract up to and including 2016.
Yamaha Factory Racing
|Yamaha Factory Racing|
|16 Jun||Lorenzo takes win at Catalunya|
|14 Jun||Rossi tops second practice in Barcelona|
|14 Jun||Lorenzo fastest in first Barcelona practice|
|2012 Dutch MotoGP Grand Prix|
|3 Jul '12||No broken bones for Lorenzo|
|2 Jul '12||Dead heat at top and Lorenzo injured|
|1 Jul '12||Stoner: I don't want points that way|
|2012 German MotoGP Grand Prix|
|8 Jul '12||Pedrosa wins dramatic race at Sachsenring|
|7 Jul '12||Stoner takes last gasp pole at Sachsenring|
|7 Jul '12||Pirro fastest in mixed conditions at Sachsenring|
|11 Jun||Lorenzo 'very optimistic' for Barcelona|
|2 Jun||Clean win for Lorenzo at Mugello|
|31 May||Lorenzo leads as Marques crashes hard|
|18 Jun||De Puniet buoyed by Suzuki test showing|
|18 Jun||Lorenzo fastest on Barcelona test day|
|17 Jun||Suzuki to make MotoGP return in 2015|
|More Jorge Lorenzo photos|