Lorenzo: Championship almost impossible
15 October 2013 – Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo reckons it is now 'almost impossible' for him to retain his MotoGP crown.
Lorenzo started strong in Malaysia last weekend and led into the first corner. However as the race progressed he was unable to hold off the Repsol Honda’s of Dani Pedrosa and Marc Márquez.
In the end he had to settle for third, losing further ground in the championship to Márquez and with just three races remaining - including this weekend’s event at Philip Island in Australia - he is 43-points adrift and just 11 points up on Pedrosa.
“We were much slower than the others at Sepang, especially after three or four laps,” Lorenzo lamented. “I tried to open a gap at the beginning like always but there was +0 on the board after a couple of laps.
“When Dani passed I tried to stay with him and also then again when Marc passed me. I tried to pass him some more times to make him nervous but it was impossible, he was much stronger so we couldn't do much more.
“To win the championship is almost impossible now. But I would like to finish second in the championship and win as many races as possible.”
Lorenzo's team-mate Valentino Rossi meanwhile finished fourth, losing two places off the line: “It was half and half for me, for sure we improved and made another step, improving the setting of the bike and I was able to be very close to Jorge,” Rossi remarked.
“[But] it looks like our competitors had an advantage here; they were able to keep a better rhythm than us.
“Starting from second I hoped to arrive on the podium but I knew the top three guys were very strong. At the beginning of the race I lost some time as I had a problem with the front brakes. We will continue to work and push and fight to be in with the top three,” Rossi concluded.