Lorenzo Relieved As Championship Swings His Way

Jorge Lorenzo was relieved to come away from the Sachsenring with an increased championship lead after admitting that he'd struggled all weekend. The Spaniard was running a distant third behind the Repsol Hondas but Casey Stoner's fall at the penultimate corner promoted to second and Jorge feels perhaps things have evened themselves out.

“Well, things can change completely in one race. In Holland we had a 25 point advantage then suddenly zero, one engine less and we were very disappointed. Then today we had some luck from Casey's unfortunate crash. I would have been happy to have finished in third position because today the bike and the rear tyre was not so good. The race was very tough; I always seem to finish second here! I would have preferred not to crash in Assen and for Casey not to crash here but that is racing sometimes. We struggled a little all weekend with the changing weather so we must be happy with the end result.”

Yamaha teammate Ben Spies came within a tenth of a second of joining Lorenzo on the podium but lost out to Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Andrea Dovizioso. The American was frustrated to be beaten by a satellite bike but couldn't complain with a strong points haul.

“It was a frustrating race, but I guess we have to be happy with a top five. We had a lot more potential but we did the best we could with the set-up we had. We didn't have enough edge grip and acceleration so I had to sit behind Dovi and Cal and wait. I could see Cal was getting a little impatient and wanting to pass Dovi so I was hoping he would and maybe clear a spot for me to get by. I had a good pace but not enough to out brake them so had to play a waiting game.”