Jorge Lorenzo was overjoyed after starting his 2012 MotoGP World Championship challenge with victory in Qatar. The Yamaha rider overhauled Casey Stoner in the closing stages to take maximum points, giving the team a first win since Misano last year and Jorge was keen to congratulate them for their effort over the winter.
“What an amazing race! I put everything I have, all my energy into the track, this victory is because I never gave up, kept pushing and trying. Casey was very strong at the beginning and opened a gap. Fortunately for us he struggled at the end and dropped his pace where I could keep mine so I managed to pass him. I am very grateful to Yamaha because they have made a big step this winter on the YZR-M1.”
Teammate Ben Spies had a tough race to compound a difficult weekend which had been blighted by two crashes. The American had chatter problems during the race which left him unable to do better than 11th.
“A tough race but sometimes that's just the way it goes. I tested my airbag twice this weekend; good to know it works well! We'll go back to Jerez now and hopefully have the bike issue sorted. It was good that Jorge won, we can see the Yamaha is going well, we just had a big problem with chatter so we have to work out what it was.”
Despite Spies' problems, team director Massimo Meregalli says the team will head to Jerez full of confidence thanks to Lorenzo's win.
“The chatter suddenly appeared on Ben's bike in warm up and we couldn't solve it before the race. We're not sure why it was yet but the engineers will work on it and we will try to ensure we have the problem solved by Jerez. An impressive victory for Jorge, I don't have the right words to say how impressive. I think he was superior all weekend, now we go to Spain with a lot of optimism; there was no better way for him to start the season. Fantastic to also see both Cal and Andrea doing so well, it says a lot about the YZR-M1's performance.”