Lorenzo – Jorge Lorenzo speaks with AS, the Spanish newspaper, before getting back on track in Germany. 2015 World Champion will try to chase the 2016 World Championship leader Marc Márquez. Meanwhile, Jorge still talks of race at Assen, won by Jack Miller under a terrible storm.
“Assen is a circuit hard when dry, more when it rains. There is little grip, the asphalt is very slippery and the front tire was very difficult to handle. 30 laps and was practically new. There was no grip at the front. There were many negative factors. Anyway, I got there in the end. It was a day to forget. A disaster.” said Lorenzo. “Now, Marc is 24 points ahead, but Rossi crashed and then the World Championship is open. In Germany, Marquez always wins. Now we’ll see.”
Jorge Lorenzo also commented the performance of Michelin tyres. The new provider replaces Bridgestone after several years. “This year it has changed the tires and electronics. It’s changed a lot compared to the past. Now, it’s very simple to fall. The front is more difficult to manage. When you lose the front is very hard to recover and not fall. There have been many falls, three zeros for Valentino, one zero for Marc.”
“I was just unlucky in Montmelo and in Argentina I made a mistake. Without it I would be a lot closer to Marquez, but these things happen and you cannot change. 24 points are fair. Rossi seems to be in great shape, but 42 points are many.”
“I don’t know how much it was complicated, but the World Championship is very interesting. Because Marquez is giving the best of themselves and driving really well. However, the Honda seems to be in trouble.” continues Lorenzo.
Lorenzo: “Marquez is the Favorite”
Jorge Lorenzo also responds to a very difficult and delicate question. Who will win the 2016 title? “It’s a Championship where you can master in a circuit with five or ten seconds remaining, as I did in Le Mans or as did Marquez and Rossi on other circuits. Then you come to the next and you have problems. You can do the third, fourth or fifth place. Or a fall. Now, the favorite is Marquez, for the points. Because he is a leader and because in the last two races he did the second place. It is very smooth. However, I don’t know what will happen.” says Lorenzo. The Lorenzo’s goal is to get back to winning as in Qatar, Le Mans and Mugello, and go back to being fast.
The relationship with Valentino Rossi is still not positive. Not even after the death of Salom. Now, the Italian champion and Mar Marquez are friends again. “Well, so far there is no report. I do not know what will happen in the future. In the past, Rossi made harsh accusations against us. In the end, what happened to Luis definitely made the approach to Marquez, who unfortunately did not happen. Let’s see what happens in the future.“