Lorenzo: Rear grip woes ruined prospects
16 October 2017 – Jorge Lorenzo says it was "impossible" for him to set a quicker pace in the Japanese Grand Prix, after struggling for rear grip in wet conditions.
Lorenzo catapulted himself from fifth to first during the opening sequence of the race in heavy rain at Motegi, before ceding position to Pramac's Danilo Petrucci.
Lorenzo plummeted from second to sixth in the space of a single lap and fell as far as ninth, a position he held for the bulk of the race.
He returned to sixth after making gains late on, but was left to rue his lack of pace in slippery conditions, believing he was missing "a second per lap" compared to the leaders.
"I can't be happy with my race, because we had the potential to try and win if there hadn't been so much water on the track," said Lorenzo.
"We weren't able to find the right setting to be quick in these conditions and without rear grip it was impossible for me to do anything more.
"I gradually succeeded in getting a better feeling with the bike, and I improved my pace and was able to pass [Maverick] Viñales, [Johann] Zarco and Aleix Espargaró.
"In the end we were missing almost a second per lap, and that's a pity because this weekend we were always fast."
Lorenzo holds seventh position in the championship.