Arriving at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España as the World Championship leader, Jorge Lorenzo had looked to extend his advantage with his first home victory in the premier class. He started from pole and did everything possible to chase a podium finish once Valentino Rossi and Dani Pedrosa had broken free, but in the end the Spaniard paid a heavy price for taking too many risks.
Lorenzo crashed his Fiat Yamaha M1 when desperately trying to chase down Casey Stoner, his rival for third place. It was a do-or-die ride for the Spaniard, who explained that the odds were against him from well before the beginning of the race.
Jorge Lorenzo Speaks…
"The start was good for me, as I only lost two places, so that wasn’t the problem with me not having the pace. I knew from the warmup that something was just not quite perfect; the rear and front both didn’t give me any confidence, and when this happens it is hard to ride smoothly," explained the sophomore rider, who turns 22 on Monday.
"To counteract the problem you ride too aggressively, and that’s when you have to change and brake when you shouldn’t. I lost the gap between myself and the leaders, and whenever I got near Casey he improved his lap times. That was difficult to fight against, and I had to take risks to keep with him. In the end my front tyre called it a day and I fell."
Lorenzo now has to wait two weeks to rectify the effects of the error, at the upcoming French round of the series.