Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 30 Jun 2014
Jorge Lorenzo has described Saturday’s MotoGP race in Assen as his ‘worst race ever’. The double World Champion struggled in the difficult conditions, which saw riders switch bikes as the wet track quickly dried during the twenty six lap race.
Despite a strong start in the wet, Lorenzo pitted for his dry-bike a lap after his closest rivals and subsequently dropped as far back as seventeenth place, inexplicably lapping up to six seconds off the pace. Lorenzo managed to reach just thirteenth place, his lowest placed finish since joining MotoGP in 2008.
The Mallorcan says he was afraid of crashing when it started spitting as it triggered memories from the free practice crash that broke his collarbone in Assen last year.
“I have to say that the bike was working quite well on the wet and the dry, I just had a bad race as a rider” said Lorenzo.
“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 with 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 maybe I have the memory of last year and I didn't have things clear in my mind. In future if something happens like this I hope to be more confident and less scared of crashing.”
See what Bike Social ambassador Scott Redding had to say about catching and passing Lorenzo in Saturday's race in his post-race blog!