Lorenzo: Austria my best race yet with Ducati
14 August 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo labelled the Austrian Grand Prix as his best race since he joined Ducati at the start of the season, having spent a lengthy stint in the lead before claiming fourth spot.
Lorenzo rocketed into the lead on the opening lap, passing Andrea Dovizioso and Marc Márquez, and quickly opened an advantage of over a second up front.
However, amid mounting pressure, Lorenzo went deep into Turn 3 and slipped behind both Dovizioso and Márquez, before losing out to Dani Pedrosa later in the race.
Lorenzo was nonetheless able to preserve fourth position and hailed the progress he and Ducati have made across recent events.
"I think that this was my best race of the year," said Lorenzo.
"I started from the front row, I led the race for 11 laps, and I finished the Grand Prix just over six seconds down on the winner.
"This time we were a bit lacking in power, because from the third lap onwards I had to change the mapping to keep the fuel consumption under control.
"And, above all, I was losing a lot on the straights to my rivals.
"The rear tyre also deteriorated on the right side and I was unable to keep touch with the leading group.
"Things are going better at every race, I'm riding more convincingly and I'm able to get more out of my bike. We're missing very little, just a couple of tenths, to be able to fight for the win.
"We must be satisfied [with the progress]."
Lorenzo moved up to seventh position in the championship, on 79 points.