Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 03 May 2015
Jorge Lorenzo has said he never doubted that he’d be back at the front after taking his first MotoGP victory since Motegi last year.
The Spaniard held off Marc Marquez in the opening stages of today’s Spanish Grand Prix before building a gap to take victory by almost four seconds.
The victory sees Lorenzo stand on the podium for the first time this season, after two fourth places in Qatar and Austin and fifth in Argentina.
The Movistar Yamaha rider showed dominant pace in practice and qualifying, setting the fastest ever two-wheeled lap around Jerez to take pole position and again shattering the race lap record in today’s 26 lap battle.
“When you are like this and before the race the conditions are not very hot, you always have the doubt that you won’t feel the same but it was OK,” said Lorenzo after the race. “I could brake late and enter the corners very fast. I had good grip in acceleration so I had to give my maximum to try and win this race. I was really fast at the beginning but Marc was the same, I couldn’t pull away until lap four or five and even then we slowly built a gap. On lap 17 I started to have some vibration in the rear but after a couple of laps it was fine so I could breathe and win the Grand Prix. Jerez is the most special track you can win at.
“Luckily for me I have had a very good career, especially in MotoGP. In most races I’ve finished in good positions and I feel I can fight but I also have bad moments. In these moments I have my doubts but I knew sooner or later the moment would arrive and luckily for me that moment arrived in Jerez and we took a great opportunity to win here in front of the fans.”
MotoGP now moves to Le Mans, but after such a dominant weekend Lorenzo isn’t resting on his laurels.
“In racing, anything can happen,” he continued. “You cannot expect anything. For me it is better to go lap by lap, not even practice by practice, lap by lap, corner by corner. I don’t want to think too far ahead, I want to concentrate on riding and how I feel and keep this confidence from Jerez for Le Mans. It’s not always going to be like today but I’m hoping that it’s going to be better than the first three races.”