Lorenzo apologetic after 'worst ever race'
28 June 2014 – Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo apologised to his team and described his performance in the Dutch TT at Assen as his 'worst ever race' after spending much of the race outside the top 10.
The two-time World Champion's troublesome campaign continued in the Netherlands as the Spaniard struggled to 13th place, having dropped as low as 17th following a pit-stop for slick tyres.
Lorenzo, who finished over a minute behind race winner Marc Márquez, admitted that he was haunted by the memory of last year's round at the circuit in which he fell at high speed during practice and broke his collarbone.
"I have to say that the bike was working quite well in the wet and the dry, I just had a bad race as a rider," he said.
"My confidence wasn't great; I didn't want to crash like last year. I didn't have value enough like the other riders to go fast, it was a bad race for me. I would like to apologise to my team, the engineers and my fans because they all did their best but today it was definitely my worst race ever.
"In the dry I'm confident and not afraid of crashing but when it's spitting [with rain] maybe I have the memory of last year and I didn't have things clear in my mind. In the future if something happens like this I hope to be more confident and less scared of crashing."
Lorenzo now occupies fifth place in the championship table, 119 points behind Márquez.