A slower pace on race day than in practice left Jorge Lorenzo’s Fiat Yamaha team scratching their heads at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España. The Spanish rider’s late crash was the result of pushing a bike on which he did not feel comfortable, and his crew are set to make a detailed analysis of the reasons for a lack of feel.
"We are a little bit disappointed, and we really didn’t expect either the result or the problems. We had good practice sessions and were faster in every one," said Team Manager Daniele Romagnoli, looking back on a weekend in which Lorenzo took his first pole position of the year.
"We were confident; the bike settings were good, and we didn’t change anything for the race. It’s strange that we weren’t so fast at the beginning of the race, and we had a crash when trying to catch Casey (Stoner).
"We’re not really worried. We know that Jorge is competitive," he went on to say. "For me now we need to analyse in further detail what happened in this race, and maybe we’ll find that the higher temperatures on Sunday made our bike a little unbalanced. We need to make an in-depth look at this for the next races.
"Jorge and Yamaha always go well at Le Mans, so I am confident that we can remain on top for that race too… and the ones after it!"