Lorenzo pleased with 'sweet' return to podium
28 April 2014 – Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo hailed his 'sweet' third place finish at the Grand Prix of Argentina after bouncing back from a difficult start to the 2014 season.
Lorenzo crashed out on the first lap in Qatar and received a penalty after he jumped the start in the United States, from which he could only recover to 10th place.
But in Argentina Lorenzo took the lead on the first lap and remained upbeat despite eventually losing out to Honda duo Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa.
"I'm really happy, this is probably the most sweet third place in my career in MotoGP, arriving after two difficult races," he said. "We have demonstrated that even in not our best shape we can fight with the Hondas and arrive in a proud third position. We want to improve; I want to improve my physical condition still and also the bike and when the moment arrives I think we will be ready to win races. We have to keep improving and have patience and wait for our moment."
Lorenzo's Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi believes that he had the pace to finish on the podium but lost out after a few errors on his way to fourth place.
"I had the potential and the pace to end on the podium and especially to fight with the three guys in front," he said. "Unfortunately in the first laps first of all I made a mistake and lost a bit but the place I lost some more 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 the podium."
Rossi remains in third place in the title battle, while Lorenzo moves up to seventh in the championship after his podium finish but remains 53 points behind the dominant Márquez.